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Indian-Origin British Citizens Arrested at Delhi Airport for Allegedly Defrauding Indian Banks

first_imgThe Delhi Police arrested Rash Pal Singh Todd and his son Mandhir Singh Todd for allegedly defrauding Indian banks to the tune of Rs 270 crore. The father-son duo was arrested on Aug. 30 from the departure terminal of the  Indira Gandhi International Airport 30 minutes before they could board their United Kingdom-bound flight.Rash Pal Singh, 57, and Mandhir Singh, 33, are British nationals of Indian origin and run the Zenica Group, which owns Audi and Porsche dealerships in New Delhi and Gurugram, according to the Hindustan Times. The group also owns iZenica, a chain of retail stores that sells Apple products.Quoting police, the report said that the duo posed as wedding guests while trying to flee India. The police registered a case against them on Aug. 29 and arrested them the  following day, barely minutes before their flight to Birmingham could take off.The police action came after HDFC Bank filed a FIR against the two with the Economic Offences Wing of Delhi Police after it emerged that they had allegedly forged the company’s balance sheets to get loans.“The Todds have duped two more banks that we have identified. It is also likely that some officials of the HDFC Bank were hand-in-glove with the accused men. We will be investigating the role of the banks as well,” Additional Commissioner of Police (Economic Offences Wing) Suvashis Choudhary was quoted as saying by the publication.Zenica Group is the oldest and one of the largest Audi and Porsche dealers in India. The group earns more than Rs 500 crore by selling and servicing 140 Audi and 18-20 Porsche cars every month, the Times of India reported, adding that the Todds borrowed more than Rs 270 crore from HDFC Bank, ICICI Bank, Canara Bank, J&K Bank, and Volkswagen Finance earlier this year to buy new cars, demo cars, used cars, and spares. They allegedly owe Rs 120 crore to HDFC Bank alone.The two are accused of fudging their balance sheets to borrow money. On Aug. 28, they wrote to HDFC Bank, saying that they were unable to repay the loans as their business had suffered losses. Related Itemsbank fraudBirminghamBritish Indianlast_img read more

I’m a relived man now says Kallis

first_imgSouth African all-rounder Jacques Kallis said he is now a relieved man after scoring his maiden Test double ton, and that too against India, in the first cricket Test here on Saturday.”Yes, the monkey is off the back and I no longer have to answer the question why I have not got a double hundred in Test cricket. Really it’s big relief for me,” an ecstatic Kallis said at the post-match press conference after scoring an unbeaten 201.”Yesterday, I got a call from Yohan Rupert (billionaire cricket lover friend) and he said that if I get double hundred then he will offer life membership of his exquisite golf course to me,” he said with a big smile.”I would have been happy getting this ton against any attack. But honestly speaking getting this knock against India which is the number one Test side in the world is special.This series is so vital for us and getting good score in the very first test match gives me immense pleasure,” Kallis added.After achieving the coveted feat Kallis looked up in the and he said the gesture was a tribute to his late parents.”My mom and dad must have been watching from the heavens.They would have loved getting me there. I am sure they must be feeling happy,” he said with slightly moist eyes.Kallis also praised AB de Villiers who scored a quick-fire 129 today.”He played so well. He took all the pressure off me. The main thing about his batting in recent past is consistency. He is getting big scores for us. It was our planned effort to score at quick pace and AB (de Villiers) played such an attacking innings,” the broad-shouldered right-hander said.advertisementTalking about India’s batting in the second innings, Kallis said, “They have quality players in their line-up. But I would like to insist that there is something for bowlers in this wicket.”If you keep bowling in right areas the ball is bound to do something. I believe that we have that firepower to take 10 wickets in the second innings as well.”We are well aware that there is slight chance of rain on the fourth day of the match but we cannot control weather. I would say that there is going to be some hard work for us on tomorrow. They are going to try their level best to hang in.We have to keep bowling in right areas to produce expected result,” he added.- With PTI inputslast_img read more

First Super Selector winner to be named in November

first_imgMuthiah MuralitharanIn the words of more than a few men with mikes, it’s all happening out there! November just around the corner is going to be a big month – the first Super Selector winner will be named and will fly to South Africa to sit down in the ESPNStar,Muthiah MuralitharanIn the words of more than a few men with mikes, it’s all happening out there! November just around the corner is going to be a big month – the first Super Selector winner will be named and will fly to South Africa to sit down in the ESPNStar commentary box during the India-South Africa Test series and talk cricket with Sunil Gavaskar, Navjot Sidhu and Harsha Bhogle.November is also when the big boys – Australia – come out to play along with some very handy performers from Sri Lanka, the West Indies and New Zealand, throwing open the options for wholesale changes in case your current Dream Team is proving to be more of the nightmare variety. Glenn McGrathMore choice may mean more questions but on the plus side two very different captains and batting superstars come into the picture. Both are almost as valuable as Sachin Tendulkar but unlike the Indian will be playing at home.Steve Waugh and Sanath Jayasuriya – at 140 points each – will lead their teams versus New Zealand and West Indies respectively. Neither bowling attack looks like it can dent their reputations. So if your openers aren’t looking good or the middle order is shaky, you know what to do. If you’re short on two dozen or so points, remember there are quality bats like Brian Lara and V.V.S. Laxman on the squad lists now too, both due for big runs.V.V.S. LaxmanTwo great bowlers come into the frame. Recent form and the Windies batsmen to bowl at make Muthiah Muralitharan a big bet for heaps of wickets. He’s worth 150, like the quick boys, Glenn McGrath, Brett Lee and Shaun Pollock. Pollock’s got captaincy and Lee fitness to worry about so if your bowling lacks teeth choose between McGrath and Murali. When making your choice, remember the conditions, the opposition and the number of Tests and ODIs due in a month. The 1,000 points limit will mean you have to take a gamble like Dilip Vengsarkar has with Brian Strang. Think about New Zealanders like Craig McMillan or Danny Vettori. Sometimes Kiwis do fly!Ex-captain Dilip Colonel Vengsarkar on his regimentVengsarkar’s TeamGary Kirsten (SA) 95 pts – An experienced campaigner, Kirsten has done well against all teams.Marvin Atapattu (SL) 90 pts – Dependable and certainly one of the best options for the opening slot in contemporary cricket. Atapattu is very organised.Darryl Cullinan (SA) 80 pts – A rock-solid kind of batsman, Cullinan possesses every shot in the textbook.Sachin Tendulkar (IND) 150 pts – An obvious choice.Without doubt the best batsman in the world, Tendulkar has the ability to win matches single-handedly.Yuvraj Singh (IND) 25 pts – Yuvraj is the best prospect in India. Also a brilliant fielder, he needs to be nurtured.Jacques Kallis (SA) 150 pts – Because Jacques Kallis is Jacques Kallis.Deep Dasgupta (IND) 20 pts – Dasgupta has the potential. He should do justice to his capabilities.Allan Donald (SA) 110 pts – The fastest bowler in the world, Donald has always been consistent.Brian Strang (ZIM) 20 pts – Strang is a very good mover of the ball. Importantly, he possesses the ability to strike early blows.Shane Warne (AUS) 135 pts – The best leg-spinner in the world, Shane Warne is an automatic choice. He is a class apart. Period.Harbhajan Singh (IND) 120 pts – Harbhajan’s performance against Australia proved his mettle. I rate him the next best off-spinner to Muthiah Muralitharan. advertisementlast_img read more

IPL win will go along with my World Cup victories: Yuvraj Singh

first_imgSeasoned batsman Yuvraj Singh, whose team Sunrisers Hyderabad clinched their maiden Indian Premier League (IPL) crown defeating Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) in the final, said the win is right next to his victories in the 50-over World Cup and the World Twenty20.”It is an amazing feeling to win an IPL trophy. I have won the World Cups but never won an IPL trophy. I have been playing this tournament for eight years now but never won it. That moment has finally come,” Yuvraj was quoted as saying by iplt20.com on Sunday.”I had never tasted the sweetness of an IPL trophy and this is something really amazing. At the moment this trophy will go right on top in my trophy cabinet. This one will go along with my World Cup victories,” the southpaw added. (Yuvraj’s wait for glory ends with memorable IPL season)YUVRAJ DEDICATES WIN TO NEHRAThe David Warner-led Sunrisers Hyderabad beat hosts RCB by eight runs to clinch their maiden IPL trophy at the M. Chinnaswamy Stadium here on Sunday night. (WATCH: Yuvraj celebrates with Hazel Keech)Earlier, soon after winning the match, Yuvraj took to social networking site Instagram to dedicate the win to fellow Sunrisers teammate Ashish Nehra.”This one for you Nehra ji we miss you! Congratulations @sunrisershyd stuck together all the way through,” he wrote. (Nehra draws emotional tribute from Yuvraj, Laxman)Recently, Nehra had to undergo a knee surgery after he injured his leg while playing against Kings XI Punjab in a league phase match.advertisementlast_img read more

Yo-Yo test controversy: BCCI secretary wants Team India to follow proper procedure

first_imgAmitabh Chaudhry, the BCCI Acting Secretary said the Indian team management needed to follow proper procedure the Yo-Yo tests if they were deemed so critical.Days ahead of India’s tour of Ireland and England, Mohammed Shami and Ambati Rayudu were dropped after failing the Yo-Yo test.Shami was being tested for the one-off Test against Afghanistan while Rayudu had returned to the Indian team after a successful IPL campaign for Chennai Super Kings in the Indian Premier League.Virat Kohli, who had sustained a neck injury during the IPL, MS Dhoni, Suresh Raina, Rohit Sharma, Jasprit Burah and other members of the team cleared the Yo-Yo test without any hurdle.However, the Yo-Yo test has not been without controversy. The test involves players running between two cones set 20 metres apart on the field.One shuttle includes a process where the player starts on a beep and needs to reach the cone at the other ennd before the second beep goes off. He is then required to turn back and return to the first cone before the third beep.There are different speed levels for these shuttles. Players start at speed level 5 (one shuttle) before moving to speed level 9 (also one shuttle). Speed level 11 (two shuttes), speed level 12 (three shuttles) and speed level 14 (four shuttles) follow. From speed level 14, there are eight shuttles per level.Many experts feel Yo-Yo tests are not the best markers for fitness on a cricket field. Others feel there should be more transparency.Chaudhry said there should be a proper procedure in place for these tests.advertisement”I would only like to go as far as saying that if the Yo-Yo tests were such an integral part then they should have been done through a proper procedure. I think reservations are based on the fact that procedures have not been followed,” he said.Former India player Sandeep Patil recently slammed the team’s policies towards the Yo-Yo tests.”Look, I am not against fitness being a criteria,” Patil told Mid-day. “…But I find it very absurd that a player is dropped for failing the Yo Yo test after he has been picked in the squad. In this way, you are disturbing the balance of the team; you are playing with the career of a cricketer.”Patil, a former selector, found it bizarre that the eventual selection now lies in the hands of the trainer.last_img read more

Wenger keeps lid on ‘secret’ Aubameyang talks

first_imgTransfers Wenger refuses to divulge ‘secret’ Aubameyang talks as Arsenal move for Malcom collapses Chris Burton Last updated 1 year ago 17:03 1/18/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(2) Aubameyang Malcom Arsenal GFX Getty/Goal Transfers Arsenal Bordeaux Ligue 1 Premier League Arsène Wenger Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang Borussia Dortmund Bundesliga African All Stars The Gunners continue to be heavily linked with a move for the Borussia Dortmund striker, but will likely not be landing the Bordeaux star in January Arsene Wenger is keeping his plans to bring Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to Arsenal “secret”, but suggests a move for Malcom will not happen as expected.The Gunners’ activity in the January transfer market appears set to intensify, with talk of possible incomings and outgoings mounting by the day at Emirates Stadium.Alexis Sanchez is edging ever close to the exits, possibly with Henrikh Mkhitaryan arriving as part of a deal with Manchester United , while several other big-name targets are said to have been identified. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Borussia Dortmund striker Aubameyang is among those considered to be a top priority, but Wenger is staying tight-lipped when it comes to a mooted approach for the prolific Gabon international.Pressed on his interest in the 28-year-old at a press conference on Thursday, the Frenchman said: “I have nothing to add to that. This kind of thing is better when it’s secret.Arsene Wenger Aubameyang Malcom to Arsenal“You announce it when it’s over the line. Nothing else [other than Sanchez] is close.”Aubameyang is a much sought-after talent due to his remarkable scoring feats in France and Germany, with another 21 efforts added to his tally this season.He has, however, caused problems in Dortmund this season, with a recent absence from first-team activity down to a breach of club discipline .Asked if such a character would be a good fit for his squad, Wenger added: “Yes, a character can be very positive or very negative.“Overall you look at achievement over career and if he has done well the character has been used in a positive way.”While the Aubameyang rumours appear set to rumble on until a definitive decision is made by all parties on what to do next, Wenger has sought to bring one transfer saga to a close.Arsenal are among those to have been heavily linked with a move for Bordeaux’s highly-rated forward Malcom .Malcom BordeauxNo deal is likely to be done during the winter window, though, with Wenger conceding that the 20-year-old Brazilian may not join in January as expected.He said: “We are not close to doing that. I don’t think that will happen [in January].”The Gunners are also eager to avoid being dragged into the debate regarding Jonny Evans’ future at West Brom, with the Northern Ireland international another player currently generating plenty of transfer talk.Manchester City and Arsenal are said to be keen on the former Manchester United defender , but Wenger is giving nothing away if a move is planned.He said: “I have nothing to add on that.”last_img read more

Roger Federer was once scared he would never win an ATP title

first_imgRoger Federer was once scared he would never win an ATP titleRoger Federer, who lifted his 100th ATP title on Saturday in Dubai, revealed that he was relieved after winning his first ATP Tour title in Milan in 2001 because he did not want to end his career empty-handed.advertisement India Today Web Desk DubaiMarch 3, 2019UPDATED: March 3, 2019 17:04 IST Roger Federer beat Stefanos Tsitsipas in Dubai to win his 100th ATP title. (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSRoger Federer beat Stefanos Tsitsipas to lift his eighth title in DubaiFederer revealed “I cried my eyes out” after losing his first ATP Tour final in Marseille in 2000Federer credit his team for his growth over the years on the tennis circuitRoger Federer, on Saturday, became only the second player in history to win 100 ATP title when he defeated Stefanos Tsitsipas in the final of Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships but there was a time when Federer was scared that he would go down as one of those players who had talent but never won a title.18 years ago, Federer had registered his first singles win outside the Challenger circuit and on Saturday, he struck a century to get him in a club where Jimmy Connors stood alone for years.After his 100th ATP title victory in Dubai, Federer revealed that at the beginning of his career, he was worried that he would never be able to win a single title on tour.”I’m not kidding if I tell you I hoped I was going to not go down as a player never to win a tournament,” Federer was quoted as saying by ATP website.Made it to 100!Thank you for all your support #RF100 pic.twitter.com/o6lWHsXFhfRoger Federer (@rogerfederer) March 2, 2019Federer had his fair share of nervy moments in the beginning of his career when he lost his first ATP tournament final in Marseille as an 18-year-old. Just two points away from victory, Federer fluffed his chances to lose to fellow Swiss Marc Rosset.”I cried my eyes out. [Marc] told me, ‘Don’t worry about it, you’ll win some more’,” Federer recalled. “I’m like, ‘It’s easy for you to say’,” Federer recalled.Federer then lost another ATP Tour championship match in his hometown Basel but in 2001, he finally made a breakthrough in Milan at the age of 19 to lift his first big trophy.advertisementFederer now looks back at how badly he wanted to win that trophy in Milan and how he was immensely relieved to have picked up a title.”It makes me look back at how it all started and how badly I wanted my first title back in Milan… I was hoping that one day I was going to win a title,” Federer said. “I was so relieved I was not going to be that guy who was going to [have] endless talent with no titles. You can imagine today sitting with 100 how much disbelief there is in between what happened then and now.”.@rogerfederer’s dream just became a reality. #RF100 pic.twitter.com/ke8uLEmD0SATP Tour (@ATP_Tour) March 2, 2019Federer elaborated that early on in his career, he would spent too much of energy in the beginning of tournament and would be exhausted by the time quarter-finals arrived but he figured out his way on the journey at the tour.”I think I needed to get really match tough to be able to be at 100 per cent every single day. That was not easy for me. Checking my emotions, that was not easy,” Federer said.”I remember in the beginning of my career, by the time the quarters came around, I was quite exhausted already because I was so happy winning points, disappointed losing points, I would get to the quarters and be tired.”I knew I had to figure out my own attitude on the court to sustain five matches in five days or six matches in six days. Back in the day, the [ATP] Masters 1000s, what we had to do with the best-of-five set final. That was part of it… a lot of things went right. I’m sure I took a lot of good and bad decisions along the way. I couldn’t have done it without a team. My team has been phenomenal throughout.”Also Read | Roger Federer happy to join Jimmy Connors in 100 ATP titles clubAlso Read | Not my last clay-court season: Roger Federer hoping to enjoy action on red dirtFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Tags :Follow Roger FedererFollow ATP tourFollow Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships Nextlast_img read more

R Ashwin finds himself more sidelined than someone with his record should be: Sunil Gavaskar

first_imgR Ashwin finds himself more sidelined than someone with his record should be: Sunil GavaskarIndia vs South Africa, 1st Test: Batting great Sunil Gavaskar said R Ashwin has not been given the comfort level he deserves by the team management while talking about his frequent ouster from the Test XI.advertisement India Today Web Desk VisakhapatnamOctober 4, 2019UPDATED: October 4, 2019 13:06 IST India vs South Africa, 1st Test: R Ashwin picked up 2 wickets in the final hour of the second day ( Courtesy by BCCI)HIGHLIGHTSSunil Gavaskar said R Ashwin deserves to be a regular starter for India in TestsAshwin returned to the Test XI after nearly an year’s absenceSomebody who has got almost 350 wickets can’t be sidelined: GavaskarFormer India captain and batting great Sunil Gavaskar has hit out at the Indian team management for not providing the confidence a successful bowler like R Ashwin deserves in international cricket.Sunil Gavaskar said R Ashwin has been sidelined more often than a bowler with his record should be, while pointing out he is one of India’s most successful spinners in the recent past.India vs South Africa, 1st Test Day 3: Live UpdatesR Ashwin returned to the Test XI after nearly an year’s time out of the set-up. Ashwin found himself out of the Test XI due to niggles after just one Test in Australia and the star off-spinner was not included in the side for the 2-Test series in West Indies. Despite having been picked in the squad, India went in with Ravindra Jadeja as their only spinner in the Caribbean.R Ashwin though made an immediate impact on return to the Test XI by picking up 2 wickets towards the close of play on Day 2 of the ongoing 1st Test against South Africa in Visakhapatnam. Ashwin showed signs of his vintage self by getting the wicket of South Africa opener Aiden Markram with a beauty that had flight, dip and turn.However, Ashwin struggled to provide India with a breakthrough in the morning session when Dean Elgar and Faf du Plessis were resisting the Indian charge with sensisble batsmanship against spin.”Ashwin should be a certainty. The fact that he has not been made to feel the comfort level is the reason why we are seeing him struggle a little bit,” Gavaskar told Star Sports during lunch on Day 3.advertisement”He has also got to feel he has got the confidence of the people around him. When you don’t have the confidence of people around you, when you keep getting sidelined, then you try a little too hard.”I think, there is always these little comparisons he suffers from. When playing in Australia, he is compared to Nathan Lyon. Nathan Lyon is doing that doing this. But Lyon is bowling to the Indian batsmen. Similarly, in England, when Moeen Ali got 6 or 7 wickets, you say he didn’t get any wickets’. It can happen.”I think there is more to it than just cricketing performances which is the reason he just finds himself sidelined more often than somebody with his record should be. Somebody who has got almost 350 wickets can’t be sidelined as regularly as he has been.”While hinting India could have afforded to play Ashwin in place of an extra batsman in West Indies, Sunil Gavaskar suggested India don’t need 6 regular batsman at home in the ongoing series against South Africa.”If it’s going to be hot conditions like this, you need an extra bowler. Whether it’s a spinner or seamer, it depends on the surface. I think India can afford to play 5 batsmen and with Ashwin who has 4 Test hundreds and Jadeja who is batting well with due respect to this South African attack,” Gavaskar said.India got an early breakthrough on Day 3 when Ishant Sharma got the wicket of Temba Bavuma but Dean Elgar and Faf du Plessis combined to stitch a hundred-plus stand to put some pressure on India for the first time in the ongoing Test.Also Read | Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma and Jasprit Bumrah retain dominance in ICC ODI rankingsAlso See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow R AshwinFollow India vs South AfricaFollow Sunil GavaskarFollow Ravindra JadejaFollow Nathan LyonFollow Moeen Ali Nextlast_img read more

More Vessels Signon for Tall Ships Nova Scotia Festival 2007

first_imgFour more ships, a band of pirates and more than 1,000 crew members have come aboard Tall Ships Nova Scotia Festival 2007. The Gorch Fock II of Kiel, Germany; the Sherman Zwicker and The Bowdoin, both from Maine; and the Royaliste of San Francisco, have been confirmed as part of Tall Ships Nova Scotia Festival 2007. A complete list of Tall Ships participants will be presented at a launch event on April 25. Eric Thompson, chair of the Waterfront Development Corporation, describes the quartet of new entries as, “a diverse collection of world-class ships that we are happy to welcome and showcase as part of the largest gathering of Tall Ships in North America this year.” The Gorch Fock II (Kiel, Germany) was launched in 1958 and has hosted more than 10,000 cadets for sail training cruises as part of the German navy fleet. This barque is a sister ship to the American Coast Guard ship the US Eagle and is named in recognition of Hans Kinau, a popular German writer of sea stories who used the pseudonym Gorch Fock. The Sherman Zwicker (Boothbay, Maine) is a wooden, fishing schooner, built in 1942 at the Smith and Rhuland Shipyard in Lunenburg. With a hull similar to the Bluenose, a sister ship, vessels of this type were used in the Grand Banks dory fisheries until the mid-1960s. The Bowdoin (Maine) is the flagship of Maine Maritime Academy sail training fleet, and the official sailing vessel of Maine. Built in 1921 to explore Arctic waters, it is one of the strongest wooden sailing vessels yet constructed. Between 1921 and 1954, it made 26 voyages above the Arctic Circle. The Royaliste (San Francisco) is a replica of a 1755 ketch commissioned as a dispatch gunship. Quick under sail, the Royaliste is an exhilarating step into the past and today serves as host to crew of pirate re-enactors. Shoreside activities will also see pirates and re-enactors take centre stage at this year’s Festival. The pirate theme will extend to a kids’ pirate camp, as well as themed events and live entertainment. Festival director David Jones described the shore-side activities as “all encompassing.” “There is something for absolutely everyone at this year’s festival,” said Mr. Jones. Visitors can learn more about festival activities, keep up-to-date on ships and buy boarding passes online at www.tallshipsnovascotia.com . Early bird tickets are available for Halifax, now until April 30, for only $10 per day. Visitors can enjoy the entertainment, food, fun and adventure aboard the ships. A portion of all early bird ticket sales will support Rotary clubs in Halifax Regional Municipality. Volunteers can also apply online or by calling 902-405-7700.last_img read more

Gov Gen Johnston apologizes for referring to Indigenous Peoples as immigrants

first_imgOTTAWA – Gov. Gen. David Johnston apologized publicly Monday for referring to Indigenous Peoples as immigrants as he bestowed honours on 29 people — including the frontman of the Tragically Hip — for their efforts in furthering indigenous causes.Johnston told the investiture ceremony he misspoke when he said during a CBC Radio interview aired Saturday that the roots of Canadian immigration extend all the way back to include Indigenous People.The comments, aired on CBC’s politics program “The House,” touched off a flurry of criticism on social media, where some listeners complained that Johnston’s remarks reflected a deep-seated colonial mentality.“Let me apologize for not expressing myself correctly on this matter recently,” Johnston told Monday’s gathering, which followed an apologetic tweet of his own earlier in the day.“Indigenous Peoples are the original peoples of this land.”The Governor General prefaced his apology by saying all of Canada’s inhabitants should be encouraged to create a better Canada.“The better country we desire is, above all, a more inclusive one that supports, encourages and acknowledges the contributions of all peoples, including indigenous peoples.”Johnston was presiding over a ceremony in which Gord Downie and 28 others were honoured for their work in raising awareness of indigenous issues.Downie, wearing his trademark feathered hat and weathered denim jacket, stumbled slightly and then embraced Johnston before being inducted as a member of the Order of Canada at the Rideau Hall ceremony.The singer and social activist, diagnosed last year with an incurable form of brain cancer, was being recognized for his efforts to bring attention to the history of residential schools and to advance the cause of reconciliation.Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was among the dignitaries in attendance and applauded as indigenous activist Sylvia Maracle was named an officer of the order.Jacqueline Guest, a staunch literacy advocate with Metis roots, was inducted as a member of the order while others received honours including the Meritorious Service Decoration, the Polar Medal and the Sovereign’s Medal for Volunteers.They included Inuit NHL player Jordin Tootoo, Jarret Leaman, an advocate for indigenous LGBT youth and actress and former Liberal MP Tina Keeper.Downie’s band mates — Rob Baker, Johnny Fay, Paul Langlois and Gord Sinclair — have also been named to the Order of Canada and are to receive their citations at a later date.Prior to Monday’s ceremony, Johnston issued a statement on Twitter, referring to his weekend comments as a “miscommunication.”But the message appeared to further irritate some who suggested it invoked a sense of ownership over people when Johnston said “Our Indigenous Peoples are not immigrants. They are the original peoples of this land.”“We are not your chattels like the drapes at Rideau Hall,” wrote one respondent.Still another stated “We do NOT belong to you!”In closing the Rideau Hall ceremony, actor and past Order of Canada recipient Tom Jackson issued an impassioned plea to those in attendance to help create “a better Canada,” saying Canadians are one big family, no matter their origin or colour.Note to readers: This is a corrected story. An earlier version misspelled Langlois.last_img read more

Westcoast amusements will return to Fort St John

first_imgFor more information about the event, click here. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Facebook is buzzing after Westcoast Amusements posted they are coming back to Fort St. John this May.The travelling carnival hasn’t been in Fort St. John for a number of years due to problems with finding a proper location to set up.  The Facebook Event says the carnival will be in town on May 24 to 26 on the lot across from the Totem Mall.Last spring the Mall put up a temporary fence around the property was being used as a parking lot, and people had been dumping fluids there as well.last_img

Moroccan Man Rescues 5 Russian Tourists Lost on Mount Toubkal

Rabat – A 40-year-old Moroccan man rescued five Russian tourists on Wednesday.Tourists looking for an adventure found near disaster after they became lost for five hours in the snow during their hike to Mount Toubkal, the highest mountain in Morocco and North Africa, reported Al Massae on Friday.The man is an inhabitant of Toubkal, the same source said. While the local and regional Gendarmerie in El-Houaz were already mobilized to find them, they are crediting the man with saving the tourists.Moroccan authorities dispatched an emergency medical helicopter to take the tourists to the hospital to receive the necessary medical treatment.The five tourists are currently in good health, however, they experienced a harrowing experience when they found themselves lost  and unable to find their way out of their predicament.Fortunately for the tourists, they encountered the 40-year-old inhabitant, who acted as their guide, led them out and accompanied them to the small village of Imlil, in the town of Asni.Climbing Mount Toubkal in the snow is considered an extremely strenuous challenge, and dangerous. In March 2016, a German woman died following a snowstorm as she was climbing the mountain.Last June, the body of 19-year-old British backpacker Connor Jarvis was found on the Mountain, while he was in travelling alone in Morocco. read more

Indiana joins list of states legalizing sports betting

INDIANAPOLIS — Indiana is the latest state to legalize sports gambling.Republican Gov. Eric Holcomb signed legislation Wednesday allowing sports betting and allowing the construction of two new casinos in the state.Indiana, Montana and Tennessee have legalized sports gambling this year. Six other states did so last year after a U.S. Supreme Court ruling that allowed it nationwide.Indiana’s sports wagering could start in September. Gamblers can place bets using mobile devices after registering with an Indiana casino.The new law also authorizes the Lake Michigan casino in Gary to move to a new site along Interstate 80-94 in that city and establishes the process for the opening of a casino in Terre Haute.Tom Davies, The Associated Press

UN financial summit first step on new path towards solidarity – Assembly

26 June 2009The high-level United Nations meeting on the global economic crisis has culminated in the approval of an outcome document that represents the first step in a long process of putting the world on a new path towards solidarity, stability and sustainability, the President of the General Assembly said today. The high-level United Nations meeting on the global economic crisis has culminated in the approval of an outcome document that represents the first step in a long process of putting the world on a new path towards solidarity, stability and sustainability, the President of the General Assembly said today. The Assembly – the “G-192” – has now been established as the central forum for the discussion of world financial and economic issues, Miguel D’Escoto said, as the UN Conference on the World Financial and Economic Crisis and its Impact on Development wrapped up in New York. “This in itself is a major achievement,” stated the President, who was tasked with organizing the summit by Member States during the follow-up International Conference on Financing for Development, held in December 2008 in Doha, Qatar. In addition, he said, the Assembly has been asked to follow up, through an ad hoc open-ended working group, on a number of issues such as crisis mitigation, the restructuring of the financial and economic system and architecture, external debt, and international trade. At the same time, it has been recognized that the financial and economic crisis must not delay the necessary global response to climate change and environmental degradation through initiatives for building a ‘green economy.’ “We are happy but not content, or rather, not completely satisfied,” he stated, noting that other crises loom on the horizon, such as those related to food, clean water and energy. “We must all join forces to confront these crises. The proposals we have adopted today point in this direction. But much remains to be done,” he said. The three-day meeting also featured several roundtable discussions on topics including the role of the UN in responding to the crisis and how to mitigate the impact of the downturn on development. Addressing one of the round tables today, the head of the UN Development Programme noted that while developed countries have felt the impact, some severely, for the most part they have had tools at their disposal to address the crisis. “Some expect a slow recovery towards the end of this year or in the first half of next year,” said Administrator Helen Clark. “The turn-around for developing countries, however, may well take longer,” she pointed out. “Many impacts of the crisis in developing countries, such as slowing growth rates, rising unemployment, and declining budgets are only now beginning to unfold.” Among the main worries is that the crisis will slow down the rate of progress towards meeting the anti-poverty targets world leaders have pledged to achieve by 2015, known as the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), or even reverse hard-won gains. “We must do all in our power to stop this happening,” she urged. read more

Over 210 killed and 450 injured in Easter Sunday attack in Sri

Over 210 people have been killed and at least 450 injured in the Easter Sunday attacks in Sri Lanka.The Kochchikade St. Anthony’s Church, the St. Sebastian’s Church in Negombo and the Zion Church in Batticaloa were rocked by bomb explosions this morning. The Shangri-la hotel in Colombo, Cinnamon Grand and the Kingsbury hotel were also attacked.

UN agency reports between 330000 and 460000 civilian firearms in Kosovo

Entitled “Kosovo and the Gun, A Baseline Assessment of Small Arms and Light Weapons in Kosovo,” the report is an independent research, commissioned by UNDP and written by the Small Arms Survey.”Illicit weapons have impeded development in Kosovo for too long,” UNDP Resident Representative in the province, Robert Piper, said. “Kosovo and the Gun gives us, for the first time, solid information about the prevalence and types of weapons in the territory, who owns them, their routes of entry into the region, and public attitudes about their presence.”The report was launched in tandem with the UN Biennial Meeting of States on Small Arms in All their Aspects being held in New York from 7 to 11 July.

UK sought assurances from US that Julian Assange will not face death

Ministers hatched a six-month plot to have Julian Assange arrested after receiving assurances the Wikileaks founder would not face the death penalty in the US. US authorities had given assurances that Assange would not be executed or mistreated, allowing Ecuador’s ambassador in London to inform the… Sir Alan Duncan, the senior foreign office minister, had begun secret talks with Ecuador in June last year that led to Assange’s asylum status being revoked. Assange, 47, was arrested inside the Ecuadorean embassy on Thursday morning where he had spent almost seven years after claiming asylum. He had initially been wanted in Sweden for rape but now faces extradition to the US for computer hacking.

Greek Aussie beaches named worlds best

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram An Australian beach and a Greek beach have been voted as the best in the world, taking out ninth and tenth place in Tripadvisor’s Travellers Choice top beaches in the world.Crete’s Elafonissi beach made the list thanks to its famous pink sand while Australia’s Whitehaven Beach in the Whitsundays mesmerised tourists for its untouched landscape.The awards are determined based on the quantity and quality of millions of traveller reviews and ratings for the beaches on travel review site TripAdvisor over a 12-month period.In Elafonissi’s case, reviewers couldn’t hold back their praise, noting just how enjoyable the beach can be even when crowded. One reviewer from Pireaus noticed that the beach never gets old thanks to its unique make up.“Every year is not the same because of the differences of the sand,” Maria Papari said. “It’s Magic!”Whitehaven Beach has the luxury of being in a climate that never experiences winter, notably pushing the beach up in the rankings. “This place is paradise on earth from its pure silicate sand to the turquoise waters,” wrote a reviewer from the United Kingdom.Taking the number one spot on the list for the second time was Brazil’s Baia do Sancho, whith Turks and Caicos’ Grace Bay and Siciliy’s Rabbit Beach took out second and third.last_img read more

Russia makes accusations of US bribery during the FYROM Parliamentary vote

first_imgRussia has directed heavy accusations towards the United States for manipulating the vote that held in the Parliament of the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM) last week, to ratify the Prespes agreement and the change of the nation’s name.The Russian foreign ministry released a statement on Monday, pointing out that some of the voters had been bribed: “The US Ambassador (in FYROM) was in the Parliament building up to the end of the session, and this is why there is no doubt that he orchestrated the entire process,” the statement reads.According to Russia, underhanded methods were used in order to get members to vote, such as “blackmail, and threatening and bribing opposition deputies. We view what happened as an open violation of all norms, both from a legal and moral point of view. Such dirty manipulations cannot be regarded as an expression of parliamentarians’ will.”However, FYROM has rejected the accusation pointed toward the US, stating that it was “a political process of historical significance for Macedonia and its citizens”.Furthermore, a US State Department representative denied the claims made by Russia on Tuesday, as it was pointed out that the States are all in favour of an agreement that will finally easy tensions within the area.The main reason behind Russia’s efforts to make the vote unofficial is that it opens the way for FYROM to become a member of NATO, an event that Moscow wishes to avoid.In the meantime, Alexis Tsipras is attempting to diffuse the flames lit by the resignation of former minister of foreign affairs Nikos Kotzias and the tensions between him and defence minister Panos Kammenos, especially with the Prespes agreement so close to being finalised.Kammenos, who is the leader of the junior Coalition party ANEL (Independent Greeks), has been under pressure by many MPs to leave the government, to which he has replied that he will do so once the deal comes to the Hellenic Parliament for a vote.Some members strongly criticised his stance, not least among them ANEL MP and deputy foreign minister Terence Quick, however that doesn’t seem to make Kammenos think about changing his stance. “I take the responsibility and I promise you that these guys will have no position in ANEL,” said Kammenos in a statement pointed towards the members of his party that opposed his position. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

World Record Egg Cracks Open to Reveal Mental Health Message

first_imgStay on target We’d like to thank #TalkingEgg for shining a limelight on #mentalhealth tonight with an important message. Not everyone chooses to #fightintheopen for mental health, but you did for the 1 in 5 Americans living with a mental health condition. Thank you, #EggGang! pic.twitter.com/9KPlXG5re4— Mental Health America (@MentalHealthAm) February 4, 2019In less than 10 days last month, an image of a single egg broke the world record for most-liked picture on Instagram.Round, speckled, and impressively lit, the seed surpassed Kylie Jenner’s unnervingly popular photo of newborn daughter Stormi Webster gripping Jenner’s thumb.The socialite’s snapshot, posted in February 2018, currently has 18.7 million likes. The original egg boasts 52.1 million.BuzzFeed News in January spoke with account holder “Henrietta”—a chicken from the British countryside, whose egg “Eugene” is now a part of pop-culture history.The pseudonymous user’s identity was traced to Chris Godfrey, a creative with London advertising agency The&Partnership, according to BuzzFeed and Mashable.(In 2013, Godfrey’s Christmas Tinner—a full Christmas dinner in a tin—made headlines in print and on air, featured in a Saturday Night Live Weekend Update segment.)The&Partnership, however, was “not the originator” of the World Record Egg idea, chief marketing officer Christian Hinchcliffe told BuzzFeed on Sunday. No one else has come forward to claim responsibility.More on Geek.com:WhatsApp Limits Message Forwarding to 5 Individuals, GroupsiPhone Owners Can Share Netflix Binges to Instagram StoriesACLU Sues Federal Government Over Social Media Surveillance The Internet’s egg-sistential crisis is over.The World Record Egg finally cracked on Sunday, revealing a surprising message of hope about mental health.After another Super Bowl win by the New England Patriots, Hulu ran a 30-second ad starring the popular speckled embryo.“Recently I’ve started to crack,” the video begins, confirming what Instagram followers may have noticed over the last two weeks.“The pressure of social media is getting to me,” the egg admits after falling to pieces. “If you’re struggling, too, talk to someone.“We got this,” the re-formed organic vessel says, with a smile on its animated face.A PSA from Mental Health America, the #TalkingEgg clip earned social media praise as folks applauded Hulu for using the World Record Egg’s 15 minutes of fame for good.center_img Report: Facebook Developing ‘Threads’ App For Close FriendsFall For the Viral Instagram Hoax? So Did Lots of Celebs last_img read more