Officials investigate English Bay spill

first_imgAPTN National NewsAn oil has occurred off the shores of downtown Vancouver.Residents on English Bay are being warned to stay clear of the beaches as officials investigate the source and clean up the mess.APTN’s Tina House reports.last_img

Auditor General takes aim at access to health care for remote First

first_imgThe Canadian Press OTTAWA _ Canada’s auditor general is taking issue with the quality of health care in remote First Nations communities, lacklustre efforts to rehabilitate prisoners and the dearth of oversight governing boutique tax credits _ the Conservative government’s election bauble of choice.Many of the findings in Michael Ferguson’s spring report to Parliament touch on some key planks of the government’s likely election platform _ protecting Canadians and cutting their taxes _ while exposing more shortcomings in how the country’s Aboriginal population is treated.Ferguson says despite their big-ticket status, tax-based expenditures _ boutique tax credit measures such as the children’s fitness tax credit, for example _ are not properly evaluated or subject to adequate oversight by Parliament.The report also finds that Health Canada can’t say for sure that all eligible First Nations individuals in remote communities in Manitoba and Ontario can access sufficient clinical and client care services and medical transportation.He says Canada lacks a national strategy to deal with the growing threat of antimicrobial resistance _ the emergence and spread of drug-resistant infections, or “superbugs,” due to the misuse of powerful antimicrobial drugs.The audit also says National Defence should have kept a closer eye on its former watchdog, who extended consultant contracts without proper authorization and approved his own hospitality expense claims.Ferguson also finds that lower-risk offenders are being released from prison later in their sentences and with less time supervised in the community because Correctional Service Canada recommends early release less often.Some 80 per cent of offenders were behind bars beyond their first parole eligibility date, while more offenders are being released directly from medium- and high-security penitentiaries.last_img read more

Ontarios chief coroner to probe fire related deaths in Indigenous communities

first_imgThe Canadian PressOntario’s chief coroner is setting up a panel of experts that will look at dozens of residential fires in Indigenous communities that have killed nearly 60 people in just over a decade.Dr. Dirk Huyer says the panel – called the chief coroner’s table – will include coroners, forensic pathologists, fire investigators and members of Ontario’s Indigenous communities.“We know there is a disproportionate number of fire deaths occurring in Indigenous communities relative to non-Indigenous communities and we really want to understand what we can about it,” Huyer said in an interview.“This (table) is really drilling down deeply into each of the deaths … to look for systemic issues, trends or patterns.”Huyer said 58 people died in 34 house fires in Indigenous communities between 2007 and 2016 – numbers for 2017 are not yet available.The rate of fire-related deaths in Indigenous communities is more than 10 times higher than in the rest of the country, according to the federal government’s First Nations Fire Protection Strategy for 2010-2015.Huyer’s fact-finding mission follows repeated requests for a coroner’s inquest into fire safety from the Nishnawbe Aski Nation, which represents nearly 50 nations in northern Ontario.One of them, Pikangikum First Nation, lost nine people, including a five-month-old infant, in a house fire in March 2016.“It’s devastating, it’s worrisome to know that our communities are so vulnerable,” Nishnawbe Aski Nation Grand Chief Alvin Fiddler said.In the wake of the Pikangikum fire, the Nishnawbe Aski Nation established a fire safety campaign that, in part, promotes the use of smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.“Many of our homes still rely on wood stoves for heat, so we (also) want to ensure the stoves don’t pose a danger,” Fiddler said. “If we need to replace chimneys we’ll replace chimneys.”Unlike an inquest, the chief coroner’s table will not necessarily produce a report or make formal recommendations, Huyer said. But the table can be launched more quickly, and will have more leeway to investigate the broad issue of fires in Indigenous communities, he added.The panel has until February 2019 to complete its work.Nishnawbe Aski Nation leaders are still hoping for a full inquest but they will co-operate with Huyer’s panel, Fiddler added.Matthew Miller, president of the Ontario Native Fire Fighters Society, said he is “completely in support” of Huyer’s plan.“I believe that it has the ability to assist us to getting First Nation fire protection to adequate levels,” said Miller, who is also fire chief for the Six Nations of the Grand River community near Brantford, Ont.“It is very important to gather First Nation fire-related data as it will assist in identifying possible solutions with a more focused lens on the identified issues which are killing our First Nation people,” he added.Miller recalled a house fire in December 2017, in which a three-year-old boy died.“I cannot adequately put into words the impact that this tragic fire had on our community,” he said. “We have had numerous close calls in recent years with successful rescues but unfortunately we cannot save everyone.”last_img read more

Northern Manitoba community celebrates arrival of their NHL star Brady Keeper

first_imgAshley BrandsonAPTN NewsBrady Keeper received a roaring welcome after returning home to Pimicikamak Cree Nation on Wednesday morning.He’s the first hockey player from the northern community to reach the NHL.The community greeted the young hockey player with a parade, which led to a grand entrance, and a recognition ceremony at the Pimicikamak arena, where he spent time signing autographs for children.  “It’s surreal have all these people, it’s crazy,” says Keeper.  “I love coming back, like I said, it’s unbelievable.”Pimicikamak Cree Nation is approximately 770 kilometres north of Winnipeg.Keeper signed a two-year entry level contract with the Florida Panthers on March 18, after his sophomore season with the University of Maine Black Bears.The defenseman made his hockey debut on March 28 facing the Ottawa Senator, where he had several family and friends in the crowd cheering him on.He had 12:40 of ice time.On that night, members in the Pimicikamak Cree Nation put a 40 year old tradition of gathering for bingo on hold so they could tune in for the game.His former coach was on hand in the community for the celebration.“He’s inspiring a lot of kids, not just here, but a lot of First Nation kids all, not just in Manitoba,” says Joseph Blacksmith.Blacksmith says this is a day that everyone in the community will remember.  He recalls a time when he coached a young Brady in a minor hockey league for around two years, “He was a shy kid, but a hard worker.”One thing is for sure, Keeper says he’ll always be proud of where he grew up and it doesn’t matter where you’re from – if you have a dream follow it.“It just shows, if you put in the hard work and dedication that you can do anything you want.” read more

Indigenous studies now mandatory in southern Ontario schools

first_imgAnnette FrancisAPTN NewsStudents in southern Ontario will soon be studying the works of authors like Thomas King, Drew Hayden Taylor, and Thomson Highway.That’s because Indigenous voices are now mandatory in 13 high schools in southern Ontario.The move by the Ontario government is seen as an act of reconciliation.Métis teach Marilyn Robitaille has been teaching English for the past 15 years.Now she gets to include Métis culture in the curriculum.“Actually it’s a dream come true for me being able to share some of the personal aspects of my life with students in a way that is meaningful,” Robitaille said.“And lets them connect to me and connect to the texts and have the authentic voice I think that’s real.”It’s all part of the contemporary Indigenous voices course, now a mandatory English credit for all grade 11 high school students in the Kawartha Pine ridge District School Board.It’s only the fourth school board in Ontario to make the course mandatory.Teachers have been provided with new teaching resources and have received cultural competency training.The Indigenous education consultant says it’s an exciting time and a lot of work“The curriculum component is there and that’s all we’re asking our teachers to cover,” said Dean Smith, Indigenous education consultant.“They’re not being asked to bring in anything cultural and that’s where the community and the authentic voice has to come in.”Three weeks into the school year, 15 year old Emily Mrozowski said the change is good.“I really like history so we’re learning about treaties and I find that interesting,” she said.“But I also find it cool how everything like the medicine wheel for example it’s a cycle I don’t know I just find it interesting how it relates to everything.”The Kawartha board serves students from three First Nations.As an Indigenous education consultant with the school board, Marjolaine Lapointes supports teachers implementing Indigenous education.She says, it’s a significant move to reconciliation.“I think of all of the Indigenous students that we have here in the board are now going to be able to see themselves reflected in the curriculum and they’re going to be able to engage with their realities in the course that they’re taking,” she said.“And I think also of all of the all of our non indigenous students who are seeing these truths right, so we talk about truth and reconciliation where they’re going to be able to access all of these authentic voices for their own learning.”Lapointe said she would like to see Indigenous content included in all grades, starting in kindergarten“We’ve really talked about the culture that they’re going to be reading about and learning about and it’s giving them the background knowledge,” she said.“So when they read a novel and it talks about an animal as a symbol for example they understand importance of symbol and what that means in a culture they don’t necessarily already know.” read more

TSX sets new record high on strengthening energy stocks loonie loses ground

first_imgCanada’s largest stock index set a new record Friday buoyed by energy and gold stocks, as Wall Street advanced on strong technology earnings.The S&P/TSX composite moved up 61.88 points to 15,953.51, breaking a previous high of 15,922.37 set on Feb. 21.Shares in oil and gas companies led the charge, with energy “having a really good day,” said Peggy Bowie, senior equity trader at Manulife Asset Management.The energy sector gained on average 2.61 per cent as the price of oil rose, with the December crude contract gaining US$1.26 to US$53.90 per barrel.“It’s definitely, I would have to say, buoyancy on the hope of growth,” Bowie said of the commodity’s upward movement.The promise of growth in the American market coupled with OPEC’s upcoming November meeting where members may decide to extend their production cuts is moving the price of oil, she said.Shares in the gold sector also helped lift the TSX, gaining 0.72 per cent on average, as the December gold contract advanced US$2.20 to US$1,271.80 an ounce.On Wall Street, two indices had record-setting growth. The S&P 500 index advanced 20.67 points to 2,581.07 and the Nasdaq composite index climbed 144.49 points to 6,701.26.Meanwhile, the Dow Jones industrial average gained 33.33 points to 23,434.19.“Today is a fascinating day because of tech,” said Bowie. “Very strong numbers blew everything out of the water.”Two tech giants, Alphabet and Microsoft, beat analyst expectations with their most recent earnings reports, sending their stocks up 5.1 per cent and 7.5 per cent respectively. Intel, Apple and Facebook shares all moved up as well.The tech sector boost came on the same day the U.S. Commerce Department said the American economy grew three per cent between July and September. The GDP growth was larger than expected and didn’t dip despite two major hurricanes during that time.In currency markets, the Canadian dollar was trading at an average price of 77.68 cents US, down 0.26 of a U.S. cent.Elsewhere in commodities, the December natural gas contract shed nearly nine cents to about US$2.96 per mmBTU and the December copper contract dropped about seven cents to roughly US$3.10 a pound.— With files from the Associated PressBy Aleksandra Sagan in Vancouver.Follow @AleksSagan on Twitter.last_img read more

Spanish PM urges Catalans to defeat separatists at polls

first_imgBARCELONA, Spain – Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy urged voters in Catalonia on Sunday to defeat the separatists who led the region’s recent drive for independence when they go to the polls in an early election next month.Rajoy, who used previously untapped constitutional authority to call the Dec. 21 regional election, told members of his conservative Popular Party at a Barcelona hotel that “we want a massive turnout to open up a new period of normalcy” in Catalonia.Rajoy’s visit to Barcelona, Catalonia’s main city, was his first to the region since he used the constitutional powers to stifle the secession push led by the regional government.After Catalonia’s Parliament voted Oct. 27 in favour of declaring independence, Rajoy responded by firing top government officials, dissolving the Parliament and ordering the early election.Spain’s Constitution says the nation is “indivisible.”“It’s urgent to return a sense of normality to Catalonia and do so as soon as possible to lower the social and economic tensions,” Rajoy said Sunday. “The threat of the separatists is destructive, sad and agonizing. Secessionism has created insecurity and uncertainty.”Polls show a tight race between Catalan separatists and politicians who want the region to remain a part of Spain. In Brussels on Sunday, those favouring independence for Catalonia rallied near the European Union quarter.Rajoy’s party has won three national elections since 2011, but secured less than 10 per cent of the vote in Catalonia’s 2015 regional election.The Popular Party continues to poll behind several other parties in the region, including the pro-business Citizens and the Socialists, which both oppose secession.The far-left separatist CUP party decided Sunday to participate in the December elections. The CUP is one of three pro-secession parties in the region.Rajoy defended his decision to temporarily take over running Catalonia under a section of the Spain Constitution that allows central authorities to intervene in regions where officials act outside the law.Catalonia’s separatists, and even some moderates, have criticized the measures as heavy-handed.“Exceptional measures can only be taken when there is no other option, and we adopted them to stop the increasing attacks to peaceful coexistence,” Rajoy said.Apart from the government takeover, 10 Catalan separatist leaders have been jailed while their roles in promoting secession are under investigation. Catalonia’s deposed president and four former members of his Cabinet fled to Brussels and plan to fight extradition to Spain.Rajoy linked the continued economic recovery of Spain, and especially Catalonia, to the removal of pro-independence parties from power.Over 2,000 companies have relocated their headquarters from Catalonia due to fears of being cast out of the European Union’s common market in the case of secession. Employment numbers also showed that Catalonia fell behind other parts of Spain in October.“But I say that the recovery of legality and normalcy will help reactivate the economy,” the prime minister said.last_img read more

Lululemon selects former Sears Canada Loblaw executive as CEO

first_imgVANCOUVER – Lululemon Athletica Inc. has tapped a former Sephora and Sears Canada executive to assume the top job at the athleisure apparel company.Calvin McDonald will take on the role of CEO at the Vancouver-based retailer on August 20, Lululemon said Tuesday.“(He) has an impressive track record leading organizations through periods of significant growth and innovation,” said board chairman Glenn Murphy in a statement.“He is the ideal match for the Lululemon brand and culture,” he said, highlighting McDonald’s consumer mindset and performance drive approach.The company’s last CEO, Laurent Potdevin, suddenly stepped down in February.Potdevin, who assumed the role in 2014, engaged in a years-long relationship with a designer who worked for the company first as an employee and later as a contractor. A source told the Canadian Press the relationship was one of several instances where Potdevin fell short of the retailer’s standards of conduct.The retailer’s board of directors started searching for a new candidate immediately upon Potdevin’s resignation.The months-long search brought them to McDonald, who will also become a board member.McDonald served as president and CEO of Americas for cosmetics boutique Sephora for the past five years, starting in 2013. Before that, he spent two years as president and CEO of now defunct department store chain Sears Canada. He also spent 17 years in various roles with Loblaw Companies Ltd.McDonald will be paid an initial base salary of US$1.25-million and will be eligible to receive, among other things, an annual target performance bonus of 150 per cent of the base salary and equity rewards equal to US$6-million, according to regulatory documents.The Canadian-born McDonald earned his MBA at the University of Toronto.last_img read more

Subdued housing market predicted in BC through 2021 Central 1 Credit Union

first_imgVANCOUVER — Another dismal forecast for British Columbia’s housing market, one day after the Canadian Real Estate Associate predicted home sales will continue to dip in the province next year.Central One Credit Union, which provides services to more than 300 credit unions across Canada, says in its housing forecast for 2018 to 2021 that B.C. experienced a “mild provincial housing recession” this year.The report points to the federal government’s mortgage stress test, higher interest rates and various provincial policy measures for the downturn and predicts “rising but subdued sales” over the next three years, with little movement in median home prices.Bryan Yu, Central 1’s deputy chief economist, says builders have noted the shift and the result is a sharp drop in housing starts since September, especially in urban areas. He says starts in B.C. are predicted to fall to about 32,000 units in each of the next two years after nearly 40,000 units were under construction this year and 43,500 in 2017.But the update also predicts positive housing market outlooks in some areas, including Vancouver Island, where retirees fuel the market, and in Northern B.C., where demand is boosted by a liquefied natural gas project and associated pipelines.As work ramps up on the $40-billion LNG Canada project in and around Kitimat, Central 1 says housing markets in the north are forecast to outperform those in southern B.C., which were hit the hardest this year.“Sales in B.C.’s combined metro markets of Vancouver, Abbotsford-Mission, Kelowna and Victoria are down 40 per cent compared with the end of 2017, led by the Lower Mainland markets,” Yu says in a news release. The report shows annual resale home transactions plunged 17 per cent in 2018 and median resale prices slipped two per cent to $520,000.“Gone are the days of rapid price escalation,” says Yu.Negative growth in residential investment will drag on the broader B.C. economy, but the Central 1 update says the effect should be blunted by ongoing consumer demand linked to the lowest unemployment rate in Canada, high job vacancy rates, wage gains and population growth.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Shinzo Abe says Japan hopes UK will avoid nodeal Brexit

first_imgLONDON — Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe says his country and “the whole world” want Britain to avoid leaving the European Union without a deal to ensure trade continues smoothly.While in London on Thursday after meeting with British Prime Minister Theresa May, Abe supported the divorce deal May’s government reached with the EU.He said: “We truly hope that a no-deal Brexit will be avoided. In fact, that is the wish of the whole world.”Warning of the economic impact of Britain departing on March 29 without a deal, Abe said Japan considers Britain “the gateway to the European market” and Japanese firms employ more than 150,000 people in the U.K..British lawmakers are due to vote Tuesday on May’s deal. All signs suggest they will reject it, adding uncertainty to Brexit.The Associated Presslast_img read more

Fort St John Legion set to honour veterans this Sunday

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – This Sunday the Royal Canadian Legion in Fort St. John is inviting everyone to come and gather to remember fallen veterans and their comrades.As of Wednesday, the Poppy Campaign has raised $28,000 out of the $45,000 fundraising goal.  The public is welcomed to participate in the Sunday’s events starting with the Parade at 10 am and ending at the Cenotaph where the Flags March will be at 10:45 am.The Remembrance Service will to start after the Flags March inside the Legion where the seating is on a first come, first serve basis as it is a smaller space. The public is encouraged after the service to socialize and interact with the communities Veterans and Legion members. The Legion will also celebrate the Bells of Peace at 5:01 p.m. on Sunday. On 11 November 1918, many communities across the world celebrated the Armistice which ended the hostilities of the First World War by ringing bells. The Bells of Peace commemorates 100 years of the end of WW1.last_img read more

District of Taylor moves ahead with water line upgrade

first_imgTAYLOR, B.C. – At a District of Taylor Council Meeting on Tuesday, August 6, Council made the approval to go ahead with upgrading a section of the potable water line on Willow Drive.Since its installation in 2010, District Staff say there have been multiple repairs due to ground movement and two complete failures of the ductile iron pipe, which was caused by corrosion.Due to corrosion, in 2017 the District replaced a portion of the existing material with a more resilient type. Then in June of this year, the District put out a tender for the rest of the water line to be replaced from ductile iron pipe to high-density polyethylene at an estimated price of $176,000, with funding from the Water Capital Reserves.Council made the decision to award the potable water line replacement project to Big League Utilities Corp. for the amount of $289,044.last_img read more

Vehicle fire closes Highway 97 between Chetwynd and Dawson Creek is reporting there is a vehicle fire on Highway 97 east of Chetwynd at Caven Road.  The highway is closed in both directions while officials deal with the fire.#BCHwy97 – Reports of vehicle fire North of #Chetwynd at Caven Road has closed the highway. Crews en route, will keep updated.#DawsonCreek— DriveBC NE (@DriveBC_NE) August 18, 2019There is no estimate at this time on when the highway will re-open.  If you’re travelling in the area, let us know what you see, email UPDATE as of 4:20 p.m. – The highway is open to single lane traffic.UPDATE as of 2:50 p.m. – Highway 97, in both directions. Vehicle incident between Melychuck Rd and Caven Rd for 2.9 km (16 to 14 km north of Chetwynd). Until Sun Aug 18. Road closed. Detour not available. Estimated time of re-opening Sun Aug 18 at 6:00 PM MST. Next update time Sun Aug 18 at 5:00 PM MST. Last updated Sun Aug 18 at 2:47 PM MST. (DBC-11057)CHETWYND, B.C. – Highway 97 between Dawson Creek and Chetwynd is closed due to a vehicle fire.last_img read more

Twenty one nominated as members of Court of JNU

first_imgNew Delhi: Twenty-one people have been nominated as members of the Court of Jawaharlal Nehru University.The members have been nominated by President Ram Nath Kovind. While 10 persons have been nominated under category of persons representing learned professions, including professor Veerendra Kumar, KA Badrinath of Financial Chronicle, six persons, including Khadi and Village Industries Commission chief VK Saxena, have been nominated representing industry, labour, commerce and agriculture and five persons have been nominated under category others.last_img read more

Sensex & Nifty scale new peaks on earnings, monsoon optimism

first_imgMumbai: Indian benchmark equity indices Sensex and Nifty Tuesday scaled new life-time closing highs as investors remained in an intense buying mode for fourth session in a row on “near-normal” monsoon forecast and bumper corporate earnings optimism. The BSE gauge Sensex started off on a bullish note at 39,040.30 and hit a new intra-day record of 39,364.34. It, however, finally settled at 39,275.64, 369.80 points or 0.95 per cent higher, also marking its life-time closing high. The index has added 690.29 points in the last four sessions. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalSimilarly, the broader NSE Nifty opened higher at 11,736.20 and breached the psychological 11,800-level (intra-day) for the first time ever. The NSE barometer settled the day at a new record closing level of 11,787.15, up 96.80 points or 0.83 per cent. Financial stocks took charge of the rally driven by sustained foreign fund inflows. Sensex heavyweight ICICI Bank rose 3.58 per cent. In percentage terms, however, IndusInd Bank was the top gainer with 3.96 per cent rise. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boostOther gainers were ONGC, Larsen and Toubro, Maruti, Asian paints and HeroMoto Corp — climbing as much as 2.49 per cent. On the other hand, PowerGrid, Tata Motors and Infosys shares booked losses. Sectorally, among the top performers were BSE bankex, rising 1.62 per cent, finance 1.08 per cent, consumer durables 1.16 per cent and telecom 1.03 per cent. In the broader market, BSE largecap, midcap and smallcap indices underperformed the benchmark Sensex. However, the market breadth was tilted in favour of sellers as 1,298 stocks declined and 1,277 gained. “Market rallied to a new high supported by optimism over quarter earnings and positive global market. A better monsoon outlook from IMD provided relief to investors, who are keen on earnings outcome to accumulate quality stocks despite election led volatility,” Vinod Nair, Head of Research, Geojit Financial Services Ltd, said. Elsewhere in Asia, markets in Japan, China and Korea ended on a positive note. In Europe, bourses in Germany, France and the UK were trading in the positive terrain in early deals. Global crude oil benchmark Brent futures fell 0.11 per cent to USD 71.10 per barrel. The Indian rupee meanwhile weakened by 18 paise to close at 69.60 against the US dollar Tuesday amid strengthening of the American currency and high crude oil prices. Analysts also said that stocks rallied to a new high supported by optimism over quarter earnings and positive global market. Shares of Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) have risen over 6 per cent in the last two trading sessions, after the company reported 17.7 per cent growth in consolidated net profit for March 2019 quarter. Meanwhile, IT firm Wipro Tuesday reported a 38.4 per cent rise in net profit at Rs 2,493.9 crore for the March 2019 quarter and also announced a Rs 10,500 crore buyback programme. The earnings numbers came after market hours. Meanwhile, foreign institutional investors (FIIs) purchased equities worth Rs 1,038.58 crore on Tuesday and domestic institutional investors (DIIs) bought shares to the tune of Rs 37.22 crore, provisional data available with stock exchanges showed.last_img read more

‘Computer glitch may be possible cause of fire’

first_imgParis: A “computer glitch” may have been behind the fast-spreading fire that ravaged Notre Dame, the cathedral’s rector said Friday, as architects and construction workers tried to figure out how to stabilize the damaged structure and protect it from the elements. The fire burned through the lattice of enormous oak beams supporting the monument’s vaulted stone ceiling, dangerously weakening the building. The surrounding neighborhood has been blocked off, and stones have continued to tumble off the sides of the cathedral since Monday evening’s devastating blaze. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USSpeaking during a meeting of local business owners, rector Patrick Chauvet did not elaborate on the exact nature of the glitch, adding that “we may find out what happened in two or three months.” On Thursday, Paris police investigators said they think an electrical short-circuit most likely caused the fire. The Parisien newspaper has reported that investigators are considering whether the fire could be linked to a computer glitch or related to temporary elevators used in the renovation that was underway at the time the cathedral caught fire. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential pollsChauvet said there were fire alarms throughout the building, which he described as “well protected.” Charlotte Hubert, president of a group of French architects who specialize in historic monuments, told BFM television that experts plan to spread a custom-made peaked tarpaulin across the cathedral’s roof, with enough space to also shield workers rebuilding the frame. French President Emmanuel Macron is expected to set out reconstruction ideas during meetings Friday with officials from the United Nations’ cultural agency, UNESCO. Macron is moving quickly on the fire-ravaged monument’s reconstruction, which is being viewed both as a push to make it part of his legacy and a way to move past the divisive yellow vest protests over economic issues in France. Notre Dame’s reconstruction is prompting widespread debate across France, with differing views emerging over whether it should involve new technologies and designs. Macron’s office has, for example, said the president wants a “contemporary architectural gesture to be considered” for the collapsed spire, which wasn’t part of the original cathedral. Macron hasn’t offered any specifics on his vision for the roof or whether the frame should be wood, metal or concrete, according to his cultural heritage envoy, Stephane Bern. He has named a general, Jean-Louis Georgelin, former chief of staff of the armed forces, to lead the reconstruction effort. Over USD 1 billion has already poured in from people from all walks of life around the world to restore Notre Dame. Judith Kagan, a conservation official at France’s Culture Ministry, said the artworks inside Notre Dame had suffered no major damage from the fire and the pieces were being removed from the building for their protection.last_img read more

Asian Boxing: Satish, Sonia in QFs, three others in last-16

first_imgBangkok: Commonwealth Games silver-medallist Satish Kumar (+91kg) and the fast-rising Sonia Chahal (57kg) entered the quarterfinals on an all-win opening day for India at the Asian Boxing Championships here. Satish out-punched Iran’s Iman Ramezanpourdelavar to make the last eight, while world silver-medallist Sonia defeated Vietnam’s Uyan Do Nha in the women’s draw on Friday. In the morning session, national champion Deepak (49kg) and Rohit Tokas (64kg) advanced to the last-16 stage with confident victories. Joining them was Ashish (69kg), who defeated Cambodia’s V Y Sophors in the evening session. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over Chandigarh”All the gold medal winners from this competition will be assured of a place in the world championships team (scheduled in September this year),” Indian boxing’s High-Performance Director Santiago Nieva said. Satish, who won a bronze medal at the event in its 2015 edition, quite literally eased past his fumbling opponent, striking at will in a one-sided contest. In the last Indian bout of the day, Sonia pounced on her overtly defensive opponent and produced a near flawless performance to clinch a 5-0 win. Earlier, Deepak defeated Vietnam’s Loi Bui Cong Danh, fetching a unanimous verdict from the judges before Rohit put it past Taiwan’s Chu-Yen Lai with a similar scoreline. Deepak opened the proceedings for India. He kept it simple and focussed on hitting straight to ensure clean and impactful punches. Rohit Tokas (64kg) was up against a more aggressive one in Lai but he hardly broke a sweat to advance.last_img read more

‘Om’ engraved on prisoner’s back, Tihar initiates inquiry

first_imgNew Delhi: Tihar jail has initiated a DIG-level inquiry after a Muslim prisoner has alleged that he has been burn stamped with ‘Om’ by a jail Superintendent.The inmate Nabbir alias popa, who was recently shifted to Tihar from Mandoli jail because of his notorious behaviour made serious allegations against the superintendent of jail no-4. He took off his shirt before the duty magistrate in Karkardooma court and showed her the symbol ‘Om’ burn marked on his back allegedly by the Superintendent who he said was annoyed after the repeated complains about non-functioning induction cooker provided by the jail. He also alleged that he was denied food for two days. After his family informed his counsel, the counsel moved an application in the court. The court then issued a notice to Tihar authorities and asked for an explanation from Director General of the jail. Nabbir, a resident of Seemapuri is lodged in Tihar in an arms supply case. In an order calling for an enquiry, the court said, “The allegations raised by the accused are of serious nature and required immediate intervention… a notice is being issued to DGP, Prisoner, Head Quarter, Jail No. 4, New Delhi to get the medical examination of accused Nabbir conducted with immediate effect and also to make enquiry report regarding the burn imprinted ‘Om’ mark on the accused.” The court has also ordered the jail authorities to provide CCTV footage and statement by other jail inmates. “As a precautionary measure, we have shifted him from Jail number 4 to jail number one in the high-security ward. We have initiated a DIG-level inquiry into the matter and a report would be submitted at the earliest to the honourable court,” said DG Prisons, Ajay Kashyap.last_img read more

Shiva Thapa makes winning start, 6 other Indian boxers enter quarters in Asian Championships

first_imgBangkok: Shiva Thapa inched closer to adding a record fourth medal by entering the 60kg pre-quarterfinals while six other Indians advanced to the last-eight stage in the Asian Boxing Championships here on Saturday. Thapa secured a thrilling 4-1 win over Korea’s Kim Wonho and is now a couple of wins away from a medal to add to the gold, bronze and silver he won in 2013, 2015 and 2017 editions respectively. The Assam pugilist will next take on Kyrgyzstan’s Seitbek Uulu for a place in the quarter-finals on Sunday. 2018 World Championships bronze winner Lovlina Borgohain began her medal quest in an impressive fashion, outpunching Vietnam’s Tran Thi Linh 5-0 to advance to the quarter-finals. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over ChandigarhUp next on Monday for the 2019 Strandja Cup bronze medallist is a stiff challenge in the form of Chinese Taipei’s Chen Nien-Chin, to whom the Indian lost to in the semi-finals of the World Championships in New Delhi last year. National champion and Makran Cup gold medallist Deepak continued his good form at this elite event with yet another commanding 5-0 win over Sri Lanka’s Mutunaka Pedi Gedara. Winner of two King’s Cup medals in Thailand, Rohit Tokas (64kg) displayed his speed and alertness in his 5-0 thrashing of Afghanistan’s Nooristani Mohammad Khaibar to enter the last-eight. Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced laterKavinder Singh Bisht (56kg) brought his gold medal-winning form from the GeeBee boxing tournament to open with a commanding 5-0 victory over Japan’s Subaru Murata. In contrast, Ashish Kumar (75kg) had to dig deep to beat China’s Tanglatihan Tuohetaerbieke in a 3-2 split verdict in an absorbing pre-quarter-final contest. 21-year-old Manisha Moun (54kg) of Haryana made a promising start to her campaign with a unanimous 5-0 win over Vietnam’s Do Nha Uyen to enter the quarterfinals.last_img read more

Deputy collector to lead probe, report in 15 days

first_imgGreater Noida: Following the death of two labourers working at ATS builder’s site in sector 150 in Greater Noida on Tuesday, the Gautam Buddh Nagar District Magistrate has ordered a probe into the matter in order to find out loopholes which led to the fatal accident.According to a senior administrative officer, the team, which will be headed by deputy collector of Gautam Buddh Nagar District, will be probing circumstances surrounding the tragedy and will also check that whether the builder and building contractor followed the regulations and safety measures. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderAbhay Kumar Singh, deputy collector and head of the investigating committee, told Millennium Post that they will conduct an inspection at builder’s site and will join dots to ascertain the exact cause behind the accident. “Our team will be visiting builder’s site on Thursday morning and will conduct an extensive investigation to know the reasons and identify the responsible parties and hold them accountable in case if there was any failure from their side. We will also probe the role of builder and it’s contractor and will ensure whether proper safety measures were followed at the site or not” Singh said. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsThe officer further said that a report with recommendations will be forwarded to the District Magistrate within next fifteen days who will take necessary actions against those found at fault. The administration urges all the builders and their contractors to ensure that workplaces comply with the regulations of the occupational health and Safety Act to prevent unnecessary incidents. The incident took place on Tuesday at ATS Pristine’s under construction project in sector 150 of Greater Noida. Two labourers identified as Ajay Malik (32) from Odisha and Kishor Kumar (23) from Bihar fell to death while working at the 13th floor after the scaffolding they were standing on collapsed. Victim’s family alleged laxity from ATS builder citing that the labourers were not provided with safety belts while the scaffolding was also weak. In a similar incident reported in October 2018 from ATS builder’s site in sector 132 of Noida, two workers died after a large portion of the wall collapsed on them. Taking cognisance to both these fatal incidents, the G B Nagar District administration has sought to launch a probe to find out the reasons behind the series of these mishaps.last_img read more