Body of 10-year-old boy found in J-K

first_imgA 10-year-old boy, who had gone missing in Jammu and Kashmir’s Kupwara, was found dead, police said on Friday. Umar Farooq, a resident of Gulgam area, had gone missing on July 16 and his disappearance triggered protests in the area. The police have constituted a special investigation team (SIT) to probe the matter, an official said. The body of Umar was found last evening, he said.“A SIT, to be headed by the additional superintendent of police (ASP) Kupwara and supervised by the district senior superintendent of police (SSP) Kupwara, has been constituted to investigate the matter, the official said. He said the police have sought cooperation of the residents for completion of the investigation.last_img

Jaguar Land Rover sues Chinese automaker over Evoque copycat

first_imgJaguar Land Rover is suing Chinese automaker Jiangling Motor for allegedly copying the British firm’s Range Rover Evoque, a person with direct knowledge of the matter said – a rare move by a foreign automaker to fight copycats in the world’s biggest autos market.A spokesman for JLR, owned by India’s Tata Motors, said in brief emailed comments to Reuters that a court in Beijing’s eastern Chaoyang district “served Jiangling with newly filed actions surrounding copyright and unfair competition.” He declined to elaborate.ALSO READ:Jaguar Land Rover production crosses half million-markThe suit relates to Jiangling’s Landwind X7 sport utility vehicle copying the design of the Evoque, JLR’s first China-made model that went on sale last year, said the person with knowledge of the legal proceedings, who is not authorized to talk to the media and didn’t want to be named.A spokesman for Landwind declined to comment.Despite widespread and often blatant copying, global automakers generally don’t take legal action in China as they feel the odds of winning against local firms are low. Also, a lawsuit can be bad for branding if the Chinese public think a foreign company is bullying domestic competitors.ALSO READ:Fast and Furious star Michelle Rodriguez drives new Jaguar F-Type SVR to 323kmphLandwind unveiled a new version of its X7 SUV in November 2014, drawing criticism for its striking likeness to the Evoque, an imported version of which was already on sale in China. If JLR wins its case, it could prompt other automakers to also take legal action, said Chen Jihong, a Beijing-based lawyer at Zhong Lun Law Firm, speeding up a shift to stronger enforcement of intellectual property rights. advertisementCLOSE RESEMBLANCELandwind unveiled a new version of its X7 SUV in November 2014, drawing criticism for its striking likeness to the Evoque, an imported version of which was already on sale in China.The two SUVs have a similar shape, with the roof and windows tapering from front to back, and near identical tail lights and character lines on the side panelling. The X7’s front grille is slightly more rounded than the hard edges of the Evoque.ALSO READ: JLR to launch all-new Jaguar XE in India next monthThe slight differences between the two cars can be virtually eliminated using widely available kits that allow a Range Rover grille, logo and Land Rover badges to be put on an X7. Kits on Alibaba’s Taobao shopping website cost around 128 yuan ($19.43).The X7 costs around a third of the price of an Evoque, and is some way behind in technology and performance, said Yale Zhang, managing director of Automotive Foresight.The JLR spokesman said Jiangling has been barred by injunction from selling the X7 in Brazil, where it recently appointed an importer.Separately, the source said with knowledge of the newly filed suit said the two automakers are also discussing what Landwind can and can’t do in any X7 design update.ALSO READ: Jaguar Land Rover has no plans to set up manufacturing plant in India: CEOJLR sales fell by a fifth in China in January-March of last year – when it launched its China-made Evoque – after rising 36 percent in the same 2014 period. In the same period this year, JLR’s China sales rose 19 percent.A lawsuit could be a long and gruelling process.It took Honda Motor, for example, 12 years to win a case in China against a little-known local automaker – for copying its best-selling CR-V SUV – according to a report by the official Xinhua news agency, confirmed by a Honda spokesman.Even then, the Japanese firm was awarded only 16 million yuan ($2.43 million) in compensation. It had sought 300 million yuan.last_img read more

Mohun Bagan, East Bengal will not pay franchise fee

first_imgKolkata, May 23 (PTI) Emboldened by the West Bengal governments support, Indian football heavyweights Mohun Bagan and East Bengal today decided they will not pay any franchise fee to play in the lucrative Indian Super League. West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee extended full support to the Maidan heavyweights, according to IFA president Utpal Ganguli, who had a meeting with the CM. “Mamata has promised to give full support to the clubs and said she would do anything possible. She asked the clubs to keep their heads held high and not compromise on the dignity. We will not play by giving franchise fees. Its a disrespect to Bengals football. There will be no compromise in that,” Ganguli said. With the last date to bid approaching fast, the two clubs officials wasted little time and met Sports Minister Aroop Biswas, who took them to the CMs office in the state secretariat Nabanna. “We are grateful to the CM that she called us to listen to the problem in such a short notice. She took keen interest as she was not aware of the details. “We made her understood how theres a move to dilute the I-League and give prominence to the ISL. There are barriers for two clubs to get inducted,” Ganguli said, adding that they are waiting for the AIFFs response. This happened less than 24 after they met with AIFF secretary Kushal Das in New Delhi with their proposal to waive off the Rs 15 crore franchise fee. “The general secretary felt its a workable suggestion and will let us know in a couple of days after talking to the president Praful Patel. The CM said to wait for their response but at the same time asked the two iconic clubs of Bengal to keep their heads held high and not compromise on the sanctity.” “We will now wait for the AIFFs proposal as we have now full support of the government. Their contribution to Indian football cannot be compared with a new franchise.” Ganguli further said this has no relation to the bid deadline. Asked about their next move if the proposal is rejected, Ganguli said: “We will cross the bridge when it comes. We now have the CMs blessings.” Their second concern was to shift base with Atletico de Kolkata being the home side. But reportedly they are ready to shift base for first two seasons given the five-year venue exclusivity clause that was agreed upon by the ISL management and ATK in 2014. The meeting lasted for about an hour and was attended by East Bengal club official Debabrata Sarkar, secretary Kalyan Majumder and assistant secretary Shanti Ranjan Dasgupta. Mohun Bagan were represented by club secretary Anjan Mitra, assistant secretary Srinjoy Bose and finance secretary Debasish Dutta along with IFA president Utpal Ganguli. Mohun Bagan are yet to collect the Invitation To Bid document, for which the last date is tomorrow while May 25 is the deadline for submission. East Bengal have already picked up the ITB. PTI TAP AT AH AHadvertisementlast_img read more

Adelaide student death: Congress MP demands case against Indian Contingent head Vijay Shah

first_imgMadhya Pradesh Congress has demanded registration of a criminal case against school education minister Vijay Shah after reports of an Indian player drowning at the Holdfast Marina beach came in.Shah is heading the Indian contingent that has gone to Adelaide in Australia to participate in the pacific school games.”A criminal case should be registered and Vijay shah should be made to resign with immediate effect. What was he doing there as head of the contingent. Firstly Shah and his officials replaced deserving players from MP and as if that was not enough they did not even take care of the students,” Congress spokesman Pankaj Chaturvedi while talking to India Today said.The officials heading the Indian contingent got a rap on their knuckles from the Consulate General of India in Australia after members of the hockey team through a video message complained that they were not being provided food and transport facilities.The players had also complained that they had missed their matches as they could not reach the venue on time.The Indian contingent for the pacific school games headed by Vijay Shah courted controversies even before leaving for Australia as it was alleged that Shah and his team of officials who have nothing to do with any sport had replaced players from the state at the last moment.Many players who were selected from Madhya Pradesh could not participate in the games as they could complete the paper work in the three days that were given to them.advertisementAfter the names of players were dropped the names of officials were allegedly included in the last two days. Shah, before leaving for the games had, however, denied the charges claiming he was offered the role of the leader of the India contingent by school games federation of India based on his past experience. Shah, however, was at a loss of words explaining his past experience and sport that he had played.Among those who missed the Indian contingent were soft ball players of Bhopal Anjali and Asha who were dropped because they could not make their passport at the last moment.Hearing about what happened with the players in Adelaide Asha’s brother called it a blessing in disguise. “My feelings are with the family members of the girl who has died. I thank God that my sister could not go as no we are hearing stories of official apathy. It could have happened with anyone including my sister,” he said.last_img read more

Allegation of indecent exposure not true: Gayle awarded USD 220,000 in damages

first_imgChris Gayle has been awarded USD 220,000 (AUD 300,000) in damages over a defamation case against an Australian newspaper that claimed the West Indies cricketer had exposed himself in front of a female masseur during the 2015 Cricket World Cup.A four-person jury found out in October last year that Fairfax Media had not established the claims against Gayle. The T20 globetrotter had launched a defamation case against the Australian newspaper in 2016 following a series of articles that alleged indecent exposure.Justice Lucy McCallum levied the damages Monday in a long-awaited ruling. Fairfax Media said on Monday it will “immediately” appeal the decision.The jury also found Fairfax was motivated by malice, rejecting the media group’s defense of qualified privilege, which argues the organization acted reasonably by publishing information which is in the public interest.Justice McCallum awarded Gayle a single sum for a series of articles published in January, 2016 in the Sydney Morning Herald, Canberra Times and Melbourne Age. Aggravated damages were not awarded and the figure was at the lower end of recent defamation payouts.The judge found imputations in the articles published by Fairfax “went to the heart of Mr Gayle’s professional life as a batsman.” But she agreed with Fairfax, the allegations were “not at the most serious end of the spectrum.””In light of the jury’s verdict I am required to assess damages on the basis that the allegation of indecent exposure was not true and that the attribution of such conduct was very damaging to Mr Gayle’s reputation.”Justice McCallum said Gayle’s evidence that the articles had hurt his feelings was “surprisingly compelling.” A particular source of hurt were calls for Gayle to be banned from international cricket.Fairfax said it would appeal because it is “concerned with the conduct of the trial.””The jury was misled in a way that prejudiced Fairfax and Fairfax did not get a fair trial,” a spokesman said.(With inputs from AP)advertisementAlso Read | Tim Paine urges Australian fast bowlers to ‘get a bit fiery’ against IndiaAlso Read | Bharat Army welcomes Team India at Adelaide airport ahead of 1st Test vs AustraliaAlso Read | Virat Kohli has it in him to win India 2019 Cricket World Cup: Darren Sammylast_img read more

Champions League quarters: Don’t leave Man United alive in the tie, Pique warns Barcelona

first_imgBarcelona defender Gerard Pique has urged his side to make sure they do not leave Manchester United room for another heroic comeback in the Champions League when they visit Old Trafford in Wednesday’s eagerly-awaited quarter-final first leg.United made history in the last-16 by overturning a 2-0 home defeat against Paris St Germain to win the tie on away goals with a dramatic 3-1 victory in the French capital, underlining the club’s reputation for stirring European revivals.”The PSG game should serve as an example for us that you cannot afford to leave Manchester United alive, if you can beat them with lots of goals then you have to do it,” Pique told a news conference on Tuesday.”In the first leg PSG were the better side, they scored two goals and they could have scored more. United have a great history, in the second leg they played with lots of young lads from their academy and they still qualified.”That game should remind us that we have to be very concentrated, as United are a very dangerous team.”Pique, 32, spent his first years as a professional with United, joining the club aged 17 but returning to Barca in 2008 after failing to hold down a place in the team due to fierce competition from Rio Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidic.Pique has turned into one of Barcelona’s best ever defenders in his 11 years back at his boyhood club and is on course to win an eighth La Liga title with the Catalans, who are also in the Copa del Rey final and have the treble within their sights.advertisementBut he said his experience at United was invaluable to his development.”I went from being kid to an adult here, I had my first experiences as a professional and some crazy experiences off the pitch. I came here alone, without my family, I learned a lot and I left a completely different person,” he recalled.Pique also said United coach Ole Gunnar Solskjaer helped him through difficult times in Manchester when they were team mates, and he praised the former Norway forward for reviving the club’s fortunes since succeeding Jose Mourinho in December.”I remember Ole as a great team mate, I was 17 and he was a veteran and for sure he helped me adapt to the club, to the country and to the city,” Pique added.”It was a great experience to train alongside him, he helped me a lot so I’m happy to see him in charge of Manchester United. He’s done a great job, won lots of games and got them playing much better. Tomorrow will be tough and I hope we can win.”Barcelona said later on Tuesday that Ousmane Dembele was fit after he missed the previous four games with a hamstring injury.The Frenchman has not played since Barca’s 5-1 last-16 second-leg victory at home to Olympique Lyonnais on March 13.Also Read | Champions League: 2-0 win over Porto very good result, says Liverpool boss KloppAlso Read | Champions League quarters: Guardiola upbeat despite Man City setback at TottenhamAlso Read | Manchester City’s Sterling gets Van Dijk vote for PFA player of the yearAlso Watch | IPL 2019: Virat Kohli struggles to solve RCB’s loss puzzlelast_img read more

Is Le’Bryan Nash good against top 25 teams?

first_imgPhoto Attribution: US PresswirePhoto Attribution: US PresswireLe’Bryan Nash is an issue right now — I think we’re all aware of that. It seemed to me like one of the problems is that he was playing really well against the Tennessee Techs of the world and not so well against the Gonzagas and Kansas’.Enter OKC Dave.I commissioned him to do some research for me the other day about how Le’Bryan performs against teams grouped in various rankings.All these stats came before the Texas Tech and Baylor games. Rankings are via shot 2013-01-22 at 12.07.51 PMEff is efficiency as described here.As I thought, he’s been horrendous against top 25 teams. Truly just awful.On the flip side, he’s been pretty good against teams ranked between 26-50 and cleaned up against garbage teams.If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more

Police request Ronaldo DNA in rape investigation

first_imgCristiano Ronaldo’s lawyer Peter Christiansen insisted a warrant for the Juventus superstar’s DNA is a “very standard request” amid the ongoing investigation into a rape allegation. American Kathryn Mayorga has accused Ronaldo of sexually assaulting her in a hotel in Las Vegas in 2009, with the Portugal captain having come out to “firmly deny” the claims. German publication Der Spiegel first reported the accusations, which also included the suggestion Ronaldo paid Ms Mayorga $375,000 (£288,000) in 2010 as part of a privacy agreement, preventing her from going public with the allegations. Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘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? Ms Mayorga filed a lawsuit in an attempt to quash that agreement while Las Vegas police have re-opened an investigation. On Thursday, the Wall Street Journal reported that police in Las Vegas police had requested a sample of Ronaldo’s DNA, citing “a law-enforcement official with knowledge of the case.” The report also claims that a warrant was recently sent to the court system in Italy.  Christiansen has previously confirmed that the payment was made to Ms Mayorga, but said documents presented as evidence had been “stolen” and “completely fabricated”. “To be clear, Mr Ronaldo vehemently denies all of the allegations in the complaint and has consistently maintained that denial for the last nine years,” Christiansen said in a statement in October.  “The documents which purportedly contain statements by Mr Ronaldo and have been reported in the media are complete fabrications. It is my understanding that in 2015, dozens of entities [including law firms] across many different industries throughout Europe were hacked and their electronic data was stolen and captured by a cyber criminal. “This hacker attempted to sell this data, and one media outlet has now irresponsibly published the stolen documents, significant portions of which were altered and/or completely fabricated. To absolve any doubt, Mr Ronaldo has always maintained, as he does today, that what occurred in 2009 in Las Vegas was consensual in nature. “While Mr Ronaldo does not deny the existence of the mutual agreement and release, his motivations for agreeing to that resolution have been twisted to say the least. “Far from any admission of guilt or any ulterior motive, Mr Ronaldo was advised to privately resolve the allegations against him in order to avoid the inevitable attempts that are now being made to destroy a reputation that has been built upon hard work, athleticism and honour.  “Unfortunately, he now finds himself embroiled in the type of litigation that is all too commonplace in America.” Furthermore, following the report that a DNA sample has been requested, Christiansen game a statement to Omnispor t, saying: “Mr Ronaldo has always maintained, as he does today, that what occurred in Las Vegas in 2009 was consensual in nature. “So it is not surprising that DNA would be present, nor that the police would make this very standard request as part of their investigation.” Ronaldo, 33, has scored a league-high 14 goals in Serie A and 15 in all competitions for Italian champions Juve this season, having arrived from Real Madrid in July.last_img read more

Shah Irani in GoM on sexual harassment at workplace

first_imgNew Delhi: The central government has reconstituted the Group of Ministers (GoM) on sexual harassment at workplace, with Union Ministers Amit Shah, Smriti Irani and Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’ as new members. The decision was taken on July 18 by the government, a statement issued on Wednesday read. “The government has reconstituted the Group of Ministers on Sexual Harassment at Workplace with members — Amit Shah, Home Affairs Minister, Nirmala Sitharaman, Finance and Corporate Affairs Minister, ‘Nishank’, Human Resource Development Minister, and Smriti Irani, Women and Child Development Minister,” it said. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’ The GoM will continue to be given administrative support by the Home Ministry, it added. In 2018, the government constituted a GoM to examine the existing legal and institutional frameworks for dealing with matters of sexual harassment of women at the workplace. The GoM was chaired by then Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh, with members being Nitin Gadkari, Nirmala Sitharaman and Maneka Sanjay Gandhi. It was set up to recommend action required for effective implementation of the existing provisions as well as for strengthening the existing legal and institutional frameworks for addressing issues related to sexual harassment at the workplace.last_img read more

The Monday news briefing An ataglance survey of some top stories

first_imgHighlights from the news file for Monday, Aug. 14———CANADA OUTLINES NAFTA GOALS: Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland has given Canadians a look at their government’s strategy as it prepares to go nose-to-nose with the country’s biggest trading partner in crucial NAFTA talks. Freeland laid out Ottawa’s core objectives Monday, two days before negotiations on a new North American Free Trade Agreement are to begin. The Canadian list, far shorter than the one released last month by the United States, sets out about a half-dozen goals that involve playing both offence and defence. They include a push for more access to government procurement, improved mobility for professionals and protecting Canadian rights to supply management.———CANADA BRINING FEMINISM TO NAFTA TALKS: Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland says the Liberal government would like to see a chapter on gender included in the new North American Free Trade Agreement. Freeland said Monday the fact U.S. President Donald Trump worked with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on an initiative to support women entrepreneurs is a sign the White House would be open to such a thing. But she also pointed to the gender chapter in the free trade deal with Chile as a precedent-setting example.———2 CANADIANS AMONG DEAD IN BURKINA FASO ATTACK: Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland says two Canadians were among 18 people killed in a suspected extremist attack on a popular restaurant in Burkina Faso. The incident happened late Sunday when suspected Islamic extremists opened fire at a Turkish restaurant in the country’s capital. Local authorities say other foreigners killed include two Kuwaitis and one person each from France, Senegal, Nigeria, Lebanon and Turkey. There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the violence, which continued into the early hours Monday.———STUNT DRIVER DIES ON VANCOUVER FILM SET: A female stunt driver working on the movie “Deadpool 2” has died after a crash on a set for the film in downtown Vancouver. Police say the driver was on a motorcycle when the crash occurred on the movie set on Monday morning. Police say they have officers at the scene and investigators with WorkSafeBC, the provincial workplace safety agency, are also looking into the crash. Deadpool, a Marvel Comics superhero, is played by Vancouver-born actor Ryan Reynolds.———RALLY IN TORONTO PROTESTS CHARLOTTESVILLE VIOLENCE: Dozens of demonstrators gathered in downtown Toronto Monday morning to stand in solidarity with victims of the weekend violence in Virginia that killed one woman and injured 19 people. Many of them held signs decrying racism as they stood opposite the American consulate to express their opposition to white supremacists. “White supremacy is terrorism,” one sign said. The gathering came two days after a car plowed through a group of people in Charlottesville, Va., as they were protesting a white supremacist rally. James Alex Fields Jr., 20, of Ohio, is charged with second-degree murder and other counts.———HALIFAX WEATHERMAN FINDS SCORPION IN BANANAS: A weatherman says he got more than he bargained for during a recent trip to a Costco in Halifax after finding what appeared to be a live scorpion in a bag of bananas. Nathan Coleman, a reporter for The Weather Network, said he was unloading groceries when his 11-year-old daughter spotted something squirming in a plastic bag. Coleman said he double-bagged the arachnid and drove to the Nova Scotia Museum of Natural History, where it has been jarred for observation. Costco did not immediately return a request for comment Monday.———SHAPAVALOV RISES IN RANKINGS AFTER ROGERS CUP: An unexpected run to the semifinals of the Rogers Cup has rocketed Canada’s newest tennis star up the world rankings. Denis Shapovalov improved from 143rd to 67th in Monday’s updated ATP singles rankings. The 18-year-old left-hander from Richmond Hill, Ont., introduced himself to Canada last week with an exhilarating performance at the Rogers Cup in Montreal that included a victory over top-seeded Spanish legend Rafael Nadal. He lost to fourth-seeded German Alexander Zverev in Saturday’s semifinals.———BUSINESSES RAISE CONCERNS ABOUT ONTARIO LABOUR REFORM: A business coalition says the Ontario government’s plan for major labour reforms would have significant side effects that would put 185,000 jobs at risk. The economic analysis commissioned by the Keep Ontario Working Coalition found that Ontario businesses stand to take a $23-billion hit within two years of the implementation of Bill 148, largely due to a minimum wage increase. The coalition said the changes proposed in the bill would force employers to find creative ways to cut costs, such as hiring less and increasing automation.———STUDY INDICATES PESTICIDE HARMING BUMBLEBEE COLONIES: A new study from an Ontario researcher suggests a widely used pesticide is placing bumblebee populations at an increased risk of extinction. Nigel Raine, an environmental science professor at the University of Guelph, discovered that thiamethoxam, a major neonicotinoid found in agricultural crops throughout the world, reduced the chances of bumblebee queens starting new colonies by more than a quarter. Raine said research indicates bumblebee queens that were exposed to the pesticide were 26 per cent less likely to lay eggs to start a colony.———GIRL KILLED IN RESTAURANT ATTACK IN FRANCE: French police say an 8-year-old girl was killed and at least five people were injured when a driver slammed his car into the sidewalk cafe of a pizza restaurant in a small town east of Paris. An official with the national gendarme service said the driver was arrested soon after the incident Monday night in the town of Sept-Sorts. The official said it is unclear whether the act was deliberate. The official was not authorized to be publicly named according to police policy.———last_img read more

Security screening at Toronto police HQ justified Appeal Court rules

first_imgColin Perkel, The Canadian Press TORONTO — The threat of an attack on police headquarters in Toronto justifies the security screening of everyone entering the building, including people attending police service board meetings, Ontario’s top court ruled on Thursday.The decision overturns an earlier ruling that the searches infringed on the constitutional rights of would-be board attendees.“In today’s world, places like police headquarters in Toronto are attractive targets for terrorists and other criminal extremists,” Justice David Doherty wrote for the court. “The harm caused by those individuals can be catastrophic.”Chief Mark Saunders brought in a protocol in June 2017 that made almost everyone subject to a search before entering the 12-storey downtown headquarters. Kristian Langenfeld, a regular attendee of service board meetings on the second floor, was denied entry after refusing to submit to the screening. In response, Langenfeld turned to the courts, arguing Saunders had no right to impose the protocol. He argued the measures interfered with his charter rights of free expression.Saunders in turn argued the reasonable screening measures — wanding and checking the contents of bags — were for everyone’s safety for which he is responsible. He also said Langenfeld could watch board proceedings via livestream or make submissions in writing if he didn’t like the searches.In June last year, Superior Court Justice Jill Copeland agreed with Langenfeld. To exercise his rights, she said, Langenfeld had to sacrifice his personal privacy and security by submitting to a screening process for which there were no probable grounds.“The effect of the searches is to limit expression by making public access to (board) meetings contingent on submitting to a warrantless search,” Copeland said.Saunders and the board appealed.In quashing Copeland’s decision, the Court of Appeal did agree with her that the screenings limit free-speech rights.“The precondition imposed on Mr. Langenfeld’s exercise of his right to freedom of expression was not trivial or insubstantial,” the Appeal Court ruled. “It required him to submit to a search of his person and personal belongings as a precondition to exercising his right to express himself by attending the meeting.”However, the court parted ways with the judge by concluding the measures were nevertheless justified.Protecting the public and those working at headquarters helps promote the values of a free and democratic society, the appellate court found. Exempting board attendees from screening would not be practical, it said.“There is nothing in the manner in which the protocol is implemented that could be described as discriminatory, belittling, or aimed at discouraging persons from entering police headquarters for whatever purpose they may have,” the court said. “The security protocol is no more than persons could reasonably expect to encounter when entering a building like police headquarters in a city like Toronto in 2019.”As a result, the Appeal Court said Saunders had shown the security protocol is a reasonable limit on Langenfeld’s right to freedom of expression that is justified in a free and democratic society. It awarded no legal costs.Langenfeld’s lawyer said he was studying the decision with a view to a possible attempt to take the case to the Supreme Court of Canada.last_img read more

Steve Harvey Honors Celebrities Making A Difference

first_imgOn Saturday, Steve Harvey’s foundation, The Steve and Marjorie Harvey Foundation ( SMHF), held its annual gala at the Hilton Chicago hotel.The SMHF Gala honors individuals who make a measurable difference in the lives of young men and women. Through their careers or philanthropic efforts they serve as responsible role models to youth. In addition, the benefit honors corporations and organizations that show consistent commitment to empower and enhance the lives of young people and/or underserved families in their communities.Celebrity honorees this year include actress Holly Robinson-Peete, Co-Founder of The HollyRod Foundation, and Dwyane Wade and his sister Tragil Wade, Founder and Executive Director of Wade’s World Foundation. The special evening featured a performance from R&B singer Ledisi. Other celebrities in attendance included Matt Forte of the Chicago Bears, Chef Art Smith, and actor Laroyce Hawkins.The mission of The Steve and Marjorie Harvey Foundation is to provide outreach to fatherless children and young adults by promoting educational enrichment, one-on-one mentoring and global service initiatives that will cultivate the next generation of responsible leaders. To learn more about this foundation, click here.Unfortunately, Steve Harvey and his wife Marjorie Harvey were unable to attend the gala due to a family emergency.Copyright ©2015Look to the Starslast_img read more

Fire risk forces Ford to recall FSeries pickup trucks

first_imgDETROIT — Ford is recalling more than 410,000 F-Series pickup trucks with engine block heaters in the U.S. because they can catch fire.The recall covers certain F-150s from the 2015 through 2019 model years, as well as the 2017 through 2019 F-250, 350, 450 and 550.The company says in government documents posted Friday that water and contaminants can get into the heater cable and cause corrosion. That can cause electrical shorts and possible fires.Ford has received three reports of fires in Canada, but none in the U.S. There have been no reports of injuries.Dealers will inspect and seal the cable or replace the heaters if needed. The recall is expected to start Jan. 7.F-Series pickups are the top-selling vehicle in the United States.The Associated Presslast_img

Foiled coup in Central African Republic displaces over 75000 people UN agency

Speaking to reporters in Geneva, UNHCR spokesman Ron Redmond said some 60,000 to 70,000 people had been displaced internally in areas south of the capital of Bangui. Another 14,000 to 17,000 residents went to Equateur Province in the north-western corner of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). UNHCR has dispatched a four-member team to Zongo and nearby villages in the Equateur Province to coordinate emergency assistance with aid agencies operating in the area. Aid operations were also planned for some 600 Central African refugees in the northern towns of Betou and Impfondo on the Republic of Congo side of the Oubangui River. Hundreds of refugees are reported arriving daily in these areas. The refugees said they fled their homes after the government mounted a crackdown in the wake of a failed coup attempt on May 28 by followers of former army chief André Kolingba. The attack on President Ange Félix Patasse’s residence in Bangui reportedly left scores of people dead. In the following weeks, troops reportedly hunted down members of the Yokoma ethnic group, to which Kolingba belongs, UNHCR said. read more

Return to old habits as babies encouraged to sleep outside in fresh

first_imgBabies and toddlers sleeping outside at Paddock Cottage Babies and toddlers sleeping outside at Paddock CottageCredit:Hannah Rosalie Ellen, 3, takes a break at the Dandelion day nursery in Marsham  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. “As well as building confidence for babies in the outdoors, it’s also about building confidence in new mums because often when women have babies they lose a lot of confidence.” Mindful of the health benefits of fresh air it was once common practice for parents and grandparents to wrap their babies up in a blanket and put them in their prams to sleep.But over the years growing fears of crime put paid to this old fashioned practice, with parents increasingly scared to leave their little ones out of sight, even in their own gardens.Now, however, it appears the practice is undergoing a revival – with several children’s nurseries encouraging their charges to take naps outside.Several have been inspired by the ‘forest schools’ movement in Scandinavian countries, where the practice of children sleeping outdoors is still common.Hannah Rosalie, an experienced childminder, adopted it for her own children and now uses it with those she looks after.She said: “I started doing it myself when my own baby was 6 weeks old, I just instinctively felt like it was a good thing to do. I was influenced by the Danish Forest School method. I think they’ve got it right in the way they do childcare. It’s very outdoors, very healthy, it’s very real. It’s not about engineered spaces indoors with lots of plastic toys.center_img Ellen, 3, takes a break at the Dandelion day nursery in Marsham Credit:James Linsell-Clark/Dandelion Nursery Forest Schools have been a staple of education in countries such as Denmark or Sweden since the 1950s, with young children encouraged to play, eat and sleep outdoors as much as possible..Childcare professionals from Bridgewater College, in Somerset, who visited a Forest Pre-School in Denmark in the 1990s were among the first to reintroduce the idea into the UK.Charlotte Atkinson, the headteacher of Charlotte’s Forest School, in Wilby, Suffolk, said the practice of leaving babies to sleep outside was once commonplace in Britain:“When I was a baby that’s what happened – getting pushed out in the pram,” she said.Ms Atkinson said the benefits of sleeping and playing in the fresh air could go some way towards countering the impact on children of a sedentary life spent in front of TV and computer screens. A survey last year found that 74% of children in the UK spend less time outside than prison inmates.Hayley Room, of Dandelion Education in Norfolk, which claims to be the first entirely outdoors nursery in Britain and has been rated ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted, said: “Nature provides extensive opportunities for learning. With the appropriate weather clothing, suitable bedding, a pram, and appropriate supervision there is no reason not to let children sleep outdoors!” Dr Rahul Chodhari of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health told the Telegraph that as long as it is not raining and the area is secured from animals, sleeping outdoors carries few dangers, even in cold weather.“This is a very Scandinavian approach where afternoon nap-time in the back garden temperatures could drop below freezing,” he said. “It seems that young children, infants, are not bothered by the temperature and it doesn’t seem to affect their wellbeing at all.“This is a cultural practice in places like Finland since even the 1920s and they have had a tremendous lower infant mortality rate than the UK for many years.“The health benefits of children just being outdoors and physically active is enormous and there is no evidence that any harm occurs provided babies are well-wrapped and not cold. It’s about having a common-sense approach. Rain and drizzle is more common than in Finland, and urban or rural animals do sneak into people’s gardens.”last_img read more

Newtrax selected by Fresnillo mine for safety and productivity solutions

first_imgNewtrax Technologies Inc – a leading provider of safety and operations management systems for underground hard rock mines – has been selected by Fresnillo PLC’s Fresnillo mine to provide an advanced Personnel & Vehicle Tracking system and Mobile Equipment Telemetry solutions.This is Newtrax’s fourth deployment in a Fresnillo PLC mine, after Saucito, San Julian, and Cienega. The Fresnillo operation, located in Zacatcas, Mexico, is one of the world’s oldest continuously operating mines; producing 33% of the Group’s total silver in 2015 and generating 20.1% of total adjusted revenue.The Newtrax Safety system will be deployed on 2566 Personal Safety Devices and Bi MET will be installed on 260 Mobile Equipment.“Fresnillo PLC, has made a commitment to its employees and contractors that all their operations will be safe and productive, with zero incidents. To achieve this goal, we decided to apply innovative technologies such as Newtrax to fulfill our promise of having the safest and most productive underground mine possible” said Carlos Vidales, General Manager, Fresnillo mine.The Safety and Productivity solutions that will be deployed at Fresnillo mine include:Proximity warningPersonnel & Vehicle trackingMan DownMine-wide Evacuation notificationAnti Collision Emergency Stop systemMobile Equipment Telemetry system“It’s fantastic to see Fresnillo’s flagship mine finally join the Newtrax journey. We’ve seen our products and solutions bring significant value to Fresnillo’s sister mines so we are confident that this deployment will only strengthen their mission to becoming the safest and most productive mine in Latin America” said Boris Burgos, Sales Director, Newtrax Latin America.Deployment of the mine-wide system will start in Summer 2018.last_img read more

Two killed in Ukraine clashes

first_imgTWO PEOPLE HAVE died in clashes between protesters and police in the Ukrainian capital, according to medics on the site, in a development that will likely escalate the country’s two month-long political crisis.An Associated Press reporter saw medics declare two people dead near the barricades where police and protesters have confronted each other for three days.Police earlier reported one death, but it was unclear whether that was a separate victim.Oleh Bondar, a medic, said the two men died of bullet wounds, but would not specify whether they were rubber or real bullets.Police began dismantling barricades near a government district in Kiev this morning, but protesters soon pushed them back to their original positions.Ukraine’s political crisis reached a new phase last week after President Viktor Yanukovych pushed through harsh anti-protest legislation. That prompted street battles at a cordon of riot police and buses near the Ukrainian parliament. Protesters threw rocks and fire bombs and police responded with tear gas and rubber bullets.The clashes injured hundreds of protesters and police, but the deaths are likely to stoke anger and cause more people to join the protests and clashes.Explainer: What exactly is going on in Ukraine?Read: Ukraine protesters take over mayor’s office and set up ‘Revolution HQ’last_img read more

Google Drive and its logo spotted in the wild

first_imgWell, what do we have here? Why, it’s another leaked image that appears to show the most elusive Google product of all time: Google Drive, or the app formerly known as GDrive.It bears a striking resemblance to the current Google Docs interface, and it’s entirely possible that this is the work of a prankster who threw together a userscript, userstyle, or extension that simply modifies the Docs dashboard. It’s also possible this is the real deal, since Google Docs has been steadily evolving into a Google Drive-like app over the years.Early in 2010, Google allowed us to begin uploading (and sharing) files of any type to our Docs storage. They’ve added an integrated music player like the one available in Gmail and Google Reader, which is the kind of feature that you’d much sooner expect from a cloud Drive than a web-based productivity suite.They’ve also let us flip the automatic upload switch on our Android devices to wirelessly push photos and videos to Picasa Web and opened the doors for our tunes over at Google Music. Now, more than ever, it’s time for Google to give us a central location where we can manage all these files…And where better to do it than what is now the Google Docs start page?Tech blog Geekwire also claims to have spotted the Google Drive logo — which they’ve blown up from its nearly-favicon size into a larger, pixelated version:You may have also noticed the “install Google Drive” text in the leaked image, and it’s easy enough to imagine what the app would do. It’s safe to say that it would work how Google Music and Picasa currently do on our desktops.Google’s remaining tight lipped as always, but I/O 2012 is just four months away. If they’re planning on making a splash, that weekend in June seems like a good time to do it as all eyes will be on Mountain View.More at Geekwirelast_img read more

iPhone 4 un prototype en vente sur eBay

first_imgiPhone 4 : un prototype en vente sur eBayUn heureux acquéreur pourrait s’offrir un objet unique fabriqué par Apple. Un prototype de l’iPhone 4 est en effet mis aux enchères sur eBay. Il s’agit du même modèle que celui dévoilé il y a un peu plus d’un an par le site Gizmodo.Un prototype de l’iPhone 4, sur lequel ont travaillé les ingénieurs d’Apple pendant des mois, est proposé à la vente sur le site d’enchères en ligne eBay (lien non disponible). Ce téléphone est identique à celui qui avait été récupéré par le site Gizmodo après qu’un employé de la firme de Cupertino l’oublie dans un bar l’année dernière. Le modèle diffère très légèrement de l’iPhone finalement lancé par Apple l’été dernier. Le smartphone est notamment dépourvu de numéro de série, comme des signes + et – sur les boutons de volume. Il est en revanche doté d’un code, en façade, qui permet à Apple de suivre ses prototypes en cas de perte ou de vol.À lire aussiLes applications pour entraîner son cerveau sont-elles vraiment efficaces ?Fixée à un prix de départ de 98 dollars, l’enchère a ce lundi après-midi atteint 2.025 dollars. Le propriétaire du smartphone, un réparateur de téléphones, explique l’avoir obtenu d’un homme qui l’a acheté sans savoir qu’il avait en main un prototype de l’iPhone 4. Il ignorait donc qu’il ne pourrait pas l’utiliser, les prototypes ne pouvant en effet pas être activés via iTunes comme les iPhone commercialisés.Reste seulement à savoir si Apple fera ou non annuler cette vente avant que les enchères ne s’achèvent le 11 juillet.Le 4 juillet 2011 à 15:09 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

LiPad 3 pourrait sappeler liPad HD

first_imgL’iPad 3 pourrait s’appeler l’iPad HDApple pourrait insister sur le nouvel écran de son nouvel iPad en ne le nommant pas par un numéro mais par la dénomination iPad HD.Le 7 mars prochain, Apple lèvera enfin le voile sur sa future tablette tactile, l’iPad 3. Mais justement ce nom pourrait ne pas être celui utilisé par la marque pour son produit, brisant la tradition de numéroter les différentes versions des produits. Selon Gizmodo, Apple pourrait bien renommer son appareil iPad HD.À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Cette information provient des listings de deux des plus grands fabricants d’accessoires pour la tablette, Griffin et Belkin, qui nomment clairement certaines des références de futures housses par ce nom d’iPad HD. On peut douter d’une erreur mais ces deux entreprises auraient eu plus vite fait d’utiliser le nom iPad 3 pour ne pas éveiller les soupçons. La dénomination ne serait pourtant pas surprenante. La marque souhaiterait, de ce fait, insister sur ce qui constituera la grande nouveauté de cet appareil, à savoir son écran qui doublera la résolution actuelle, la portant à 2048 x 1536 pixels. La dalle devrait entrer dans la norme Retina. Même si son nombre de points par pouce n’excède par 300, la limite pour l’écran Retina que s’est imposée Apple au lancement de l’iPhone 4. Mais comme tout est une question de distance, l’écran de l’iPad sera bien en mesure de porter le nom Retina. Après tout, les voies du marketing sont impénétrables et la société est prête à tout pour promouvoir son produit. Alors, réponse mercredi prochain avec la montée sur scène de Tim Cook, PDG de la marque, qui dévoilera enfin les spécifications de cette tablette, tant attendue par les fans de la Pomme. Le 3 mars 2012 à 20:15 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more