Cycle tracks to be set up in 10 cities

first_imgThe Maharashtra government is planning to implement its Streets with Cycle Track project in 10 cities to help reduce traffic congestion and air pollution.A Government Resolution (GR) was recently issued naming Amaravati, Nagpur, Chandrapur, Kolhapur, Pune, Solapur, Nasik, Latur, Aurangabad and Jalgaon as the 10 cities where the Public Works Department (PWD) will lay cycle tracks on roads. A committee of four comprising the Additional Director General of Police (Traffic), Secretary PWD (Roads), and two members of NGO Mission Olympics will study the project and provide technical inputs. The committee will choose the roads for implementing the project and suggest modifications to the road design if necessary. It will also have the power to seek the help of organisations that promote cycling.Dedicated lanesThe GR stated, “It has been observed that people do not use cycles due to the absence of dedicated lanes. In several industrial towns, employees travel a distance of seven to eight kilometres to get to work. Setting up dedicated tracks would encourage them to cycle to work, leading to easing of traffic congestion and reducing of pollution levels.”The project will be implemented in other cities in the State based on the success of the project in the 10 cities. However, Mumbai and Thane, which witness the worst traffic snarl-ups, have been omitted from the first stage of implementation. A senior PWD official said clogged roads and ongoing infrastructure work in the cities led the department to omit them from the project for now. “It will be difficult to set up dedicated cycle tracks in these cities now. Roads are overflowing with traffic with ongoing metro work.”last_img read more

India’s cricket stars aghast at Smith punishment

first_imgIndia’s star cricketers have been astounded at the treatment meted out to former Australian captain Steve Smith that left him tearfully apologising for cheating in a Test match.The cricket establishment in India, the sport’s financial powerhouse, has avoided any public comment about the scandal engulfing Australia. “Fears run deep about any potential changes to the game that earns so much,” said one official.Read it at Sports24 Related Itemslast_img

Women’s Hockey Test: New Zealand beat Indian 3-2 in third match

first_imgIndian senior womens hockey team here on Wednesday went down fighting 2-3 to New Zealand in their third clash of the five-match series.Defender Sunita Lakra completed the milestone of playing 100 International matches.Lakra made her international debut in 2009 and since has been a backbone of the Indian team.She leads India’s defence in New Zealand along with Deep Grace Ekka, Namita Toppo, Sushila Chanu, Udita and Gurjit Kaur.Born in Odisha, Lakra has climbed the ranks in Indian hockey with significant performances in the 17th Asian Games, 2016 Rio Olympics and was also instrumental in India’s successful outing at the Fourth Women’s Asian Champions Trophy and Women’s Hockey World League Round 2 in Canada.For New Zealand, Ella Gunson (13th minute), Deanna Ritchie (15th) and Shiloh Gloyn (39th) scored the goals while Deep Grace Ekka (9th) and Monika (59th) found the back of the net for India.On a losing streak in the series so far — having gone down 1-4 in the series opener and suffering a 2-8 loss in their second game, the Indian  looked a dangerous unit initially on Wednesday.They put up a structured performance with good attack, strong long drives, cross-field passes that put the hosts on the backfoot and constantly kept them in the hunt. The visitors played aggressively right from the word go and their strategy paid off in the first quarter when they found an early 1-0 lead in the ninth minute.Deep Grace Ekka converted a hard-hit penalty corner in the ninth minute after her first attempt found the foot of a New Zealand defender.advertisementThe hosts, however, were quick to equalise with Ella Gunson converting a penalty stroke in the 13th minute.The Black Sticks ended the first quarter with a 2-1 lead with Deanna Ritchie scoring a 15th minute field goal. She was well assisted by captain Stacey Michelsen in scoring New Zealand’s second goal.India found two good opportunities in the second quarter to score an equaliser when they earned back-to-back penalty corners in the 26th minute — but both went abegging.The higher-ranked New Zealand came up with textbook defence strategy to clear Indian skipper Rani’s strike on both occasions.Rani played a crucial role for India as she made space in the striking circle on several occasions, going for her trademark reverse-hit on goal but New Zealand keeper Sally Rutherford denied the Indian skipper success.New Zealand scored their third goal through Shiloh Gloyn in the 39th minute and India keeper Savita was kept busy by Kiwi strikers throughout the third quarter.Savita did well to keep the New Zealand strikers from taking further lead. With three minutes remaining in the third quarter, Savita made a crucial save when New Zealand bagged a penalty corner.Unlike their second match against New Zealand on Tuesday when maximum goals were scored by the hosts in the last quarter, the Indian defence was rock solid to deny any goal in the final 15 minutes of the match.With little less than two minutes remaining for the final hooter, India won a penalty corner in the 59th minute.A cleverly planned and executed variation saw Rani pass the ball to Monika who made no mistake in sending the ball inside the goal.The dying minutes of the match saw Indian women make desperate attempts to find space and go for a draw but with time ticking away, they had to settle for a 2-3 result.Hosts New Zealand are 3-0 up in the Series.The two teams will play the fourth match on May 19.last_img read more

CONE PARK “ALL ABILITIES” DAY POSTPONED

first_imgThe All Abilities Day at Cone Park scheduled for Saturday, January 19, 2019 is being postponed to Saturday, January 26, 2019 from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. due to the weather forecast.Updated 1/17/19 923am————————-SIOUX CITY’S CONE PARK WILL HOST A SPECIAL EVENT THIS SATURDAY MORNING.ERIC GRIFFITH OF THE CITY PARKS DEPARTMENT SAYS AN ALL ABILITIES DAY WILL TAKE PLACE:Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/ABILITIES.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC……….CONTINUE TO GROW. ;13THE EVENT IS RUN THROUGH THE LOCAL ALL ABILITIES HEALTH AND WELLNESS COALITION:Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/ABILITIES2.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC…………DO EVERY YEAR. ;10ATTENDEES MAY BRING ANY ASSISTIVE EQUIPMENT THEY NEED WITH THEM. HELMETS AND ELBOW PADS ARE NOT PROVIDED.THE EVENT TAKES PLACE FROM 9AM-11AM SATURDAY AT CONE PARK.last_img read more

7 days ago​Solskjaer insists Man Utd right to sell Alexis, Lukaku

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your say ​Solskjaer insists Man Utd right to sell Alexis, Lukakuby Ansser Sadiq7 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveOle Gunnar Solskjaer is sticking by the decision to sell Romelu Lukaku and loan out Alexis Sanchez.The Red Devils manager is under increased scrutiny after his side made a poor start to the season.Their biggest problem is a lack of goals, but Solskjaer does not regret letting two experienced attackers leave in the summer transfer window.Speaking about those departures in an interview with Gary Neville, Solskjaer said: “In one-off games, you think we could’ve had a number of extra players with experience. “Alexis and Rom are goalscorers and good players, but at the moment, we made those decisions and they were the right decisions.”That’s the only way you’ve got to look at it. All the players here want to give everything for the club and for the shirt – that’s a big thing.”Every day that they come in training, and every day that they put the shirt on, they’re going to give everything that they have. So you can’t really say, ‘oh I wish I didn’t do that’.”Giving a couple of the lads the chance to show themselves, maybe it was a little bit too early for a few of them. But Mason Greenwood has stepped in and scored a couple in the midweek games, so it’s a great experience for them.”We know we haven’t had the results that we wanted, but I wouldn’t have kept the players we sold. It was the right decision.” last_img read more

Indian men’s hockey team draws 1-1 with Australia A

first_imgIndian men’s hockey team draws 1-1 with Australia AHarmanpreet Singh helped the Indian men’s hockey team salvage a 1-1 draw against Australia ‘A’ on Monday.advertisement Press Trust of India PerthMay 13, 2019UPDATED: May 13, 2019 15:42 IST A late goal by Harmanpreet Singh helped the Indian men’s hockey team salvage a 1-1 draw against Australia A. (Twitter/TheHockeyIndia)A late goal by dragflicker Harmanpreet Singh helped the Indian men’s hockey team salvage a 1-1 draw against Australia ‘A’ here Monday.India made two good saves in the initial minutes of the first quarter while defending back-to-back penalty corners. The attempts somewhat made up for an average start by the visitors with the Australia ‘A’ attack putting the team under pressure right from the start.India suffered a setback in the 21st minute when Kiran Arunasalam struck a fine field goal for Australia ‘A.’India’s inability to convert chances created in the striking circle and missing out on three PCs dented their fightback. Their defence, on the other hand, was able to contain the home team from extending their lead.It was in Harmanpreet’s second attempt, in the 56th minute, that saw him convert a well-timed, powerful drag flick to equalise.”We had a poor start in the first ten minutes of the game which was a complete opposite to how we played on Friday. We slowly got back into the game in the 2nd, 3rd and 4th quarters and also created enough opportunities to win the game,” Indian chief coach, Graham Reid said.”On Wednesday we will need to start much better and play well in all four quarters. In tomorrow’s practice session we will be working on our connections especially in the midfield,” he added.India will next take on the Australian national side and if the visitors are to emerge on top, Reid said the team will need to start much better and keep the pressure on their opponents in all four quarters.advertisementAlso Read | Indian men’s hockey team wins 3-0 against Australia AAlso Read | India men’s hockey team to join FIH Pro League from 2020For 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 bykarishma Tags :Follow Indian men’s hockey teamFollow Australia AFollow Hockey Nextlast_img read more

Hundreds of Schools Spruced Up

first_img Thousands of students and teachers will begin the new academic year on Monday (Sept. 4) in much improved surroundings.Education, Youth and Information Minister, Senator the Hon. Ruel Reid, told JIS NEWS that 172 institutions were identified for repairs at a cost of $554.3 million under the schools maintenance project.He informed that $316.7 million was disbursed to 122 schools to undertake crucial works to facilitate the re-opening of plants for September.The other 50 institutions are under contracts for various renovations at a cost of $174. 4 million.Meanwhile, 14 early childhood institutions were identified for modifications for the creation of infant departments.Contracts were awarded for projects at 11 schools at a cost of $49.5 million. Construction activities have started with works up to 80 per cent completed on some projects.In addition to the repairs and maintenance, the Minister told JIS NEWS upgrading projects are being undertaken at several other institutions across the island.At Pembrook Hall High School in St. Andrew three classrooms are being constructed at a cost of $14 million. The project is slated for completion in October.The Cedric Titus High in Trelawny is building four classrooms from a $31 million allocation, while at the Sydney Pagon Academy in St. Elizabeth, three classrooms are being built at a cost of $24 million.Work is 50 per cent complete on a $27 million upgrading project at the Bellevue Primary and Junior High in Trelawny, while the tender process is underway for the construction of four classrooms at Maldon High in St. James.The Manchester-based Bryce Primary is being upgraded under a $26 million project, and design work is completed for a $50 million restoration project at Westwood High in Trelawny.Giving an update on the sanitation programme, the Education Minister informed that $76 million was allocated in the 2017/18 budget to upgrade bathrooms at 35 of 42 schools that still had pit latrines.The reminding seven schools will be completed through partnership with the Jamaica Social Investment Fund (JSIF) and the Culture, Health, Arts, Science and Education (CHASE) Fund. Story Highlights Senator Reid informed that $316.7 million was disbursed to 122 schools to undertake crucial works to facilitate the re-opening of plants for September. Thousands of students and teachers will begin the new academic year on Monday (Sept. 4) in much improved surroundings. Education, Youth and Information Minister, Senator the Hon. Ruel Reid, told JIS NEWS that 172 institutions were identified for repairs at a cost of $554.3 million under the schools maintenance project.last_img read more

SCF Yenisei Detention Upheld

first_imgzoom The Administrative Appeals Tribunal affirmed the Australian Maritime Safety Authority’s detention of a Liberian flagged vessel SCF Yenisei, in Queensland in October 2013.The manager of the vessel sought to have the detention of the vessel downgraded at the tribunal, alleging the deficiency identified by an AMSA port marine surveyor was not serious enough to warrant detention.AMSA Ship Safety Division General Manager Allan Schwartz said the tribunal decision had affirmed AMSA’s decision to detain the vessel, which had sailed to Mackay via Hydrographers Passage from Kawasaki without the appropriate navigational charts.The vessel planned to continue to Brisbane but was detained after the AMSA surveyor identified that the vessel was using scanned and printed charts to transit Palm Passage of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park waters.“Having the correct charts to navigate through the Great Barrier Reef, which is notoriously hazardous and of high environmental significance, is critical to ensure the safety of the Reef, the ship and its crew,” Mr. Schwartz said.Mr. Schwartz said the tribunal’s decision confirmed that reliance on unofficial charts demonstrated inadequate voyage planning under the ships’ safety management system which leaves the ship in an unfit state to encounter the ordinary perils of the voyage without posing a threat to the environment.This is the second appeal against an AMSA detention on inappropriate navigational charts in the last two years. The tribunal has confirmed the AMSA decision on each occasion.AMSA continues to remind masters and operators of ships coming to Australia that carriage of appropriate navigational charts is critical to safe ship operations and protection of the marine environment.AMSA conducts more than 3000 Port State Control inspections at ports across Australia each year.Last year 233 were detained for having serious deficiencies that put ships, lives or the environment at risk.last_img read more

Key Indian equity market indices open in red

first_imgMumbai: Taking a cue from global markets, the key Indian equity market indices on Thursday opened lower. The Sensitive Index (Sensex) of the BSE, which had closed at 39,756.81 points on Wednesday, opened lower at 39,679.35 points. Minutes into trading, it was quoting at 39,651.30 points, down by 105.51 points, or 0.27 per cent. At the National Stock Exchange (NSE), the broader Nifty 50, which had closed at 11,906.20 points on Wednesday, was quoting at 11,871.40 points, down by 34.80 points or 0.29 per cent. Also Read – SC declines Oil Min request to stay sharing of documents As many as 14 stocks advanced in the Nifty 50 index while 36 stocks declined. In the BSE Sensex, 20 stocks including Tata Steel, ITC were trading in red while 10 stocks including Coal India, HDFC were trading in green at 9.21 a.m. Concerns over slowing growth along with the outflow of foreign funds pulled the Indian equity market lower on Wednesday. The Sensex was down by 193.65 points or 0.48 per cent at the Wednesday’s closing. In the day’s trade, the barometer 30-scrip sensitive index had touched a high of 39,982.10 points and a low of 39,623.53 points. The Nifty, too was down by 59.40 points or 0.50 per cent. Also Read – World suffering ‘synchronized slowdown’, says new IMF chief On Thursday, Asian indices were showing a negative trend. Japan’s Nikkei 225 was quoting in red, down by 0.52 per cent, Hang Seng was also down by 0.71 per cent.A South Korea’s Kospi was quoting in red, down by 0.77 per cent. China’s Shanghai Composite was however trading in green, up by 0.10per cent. Overnight, Nasdaq closed in red, down by 0.38 per cent while FTSE was also down by 0.42 per cent at the closing on Wednesday.last_img read more

A look at the victims of the Humboldt team bus crash

first_imgHUMBOLDT, Sask. – Fifteen people were killed and 14 others injured in a horrific crash involving the Humboldt Broncos hockey team. Here is what we know so far about those who died:———Tyler Bieber:Bieber, 29, worked for Humboldt radio station CHBO and often travelled with the team as its play-by-play radio announcer.Steven Wilson, a co-worker in Weyburn, Sask., said it was Bieber’s first season announcing for the team. He also covered morning news.“He definitely had a natural talent,” said Wilson. “He was just passionate about sports.”Wilson said he filled in a few times for Bieber because he was also busy coaching the Humboldt high school’s basketball and football teams.“Having been with Golden West since the launch of Bolt FM in news and on-air, Tyler was a shining example of what it means to serve a community,” Lyndon Frieson, president of Golden West Radio, said in a statement posted on the station’s website.———Logan Boulet:The 21-year-old defenceman was from Lethbridge, Alta.Cousin Julie Kindt said on Facebook that he was on life support after the crash until his organs could be donated.“Logan had made it known, and very clear to his family, that he had signed his organ donor card when he turned 21 just a few weeks ago,” Boulet’s godfather, Neil Langevin, posted in a statement on behalf of the family.“Logan’s strong heart continues to beat,” he said. “All counted, six people will receive the gift of life from Logan … His other organs will be donated to science as he requested.“These actions alone give voice to the selfless and benevolent nature Logan possessed in life.”———Mark Cross:The assistant coach was from Strasbourg, Sask., where he was named most valuable player last year while playing with the Maroons in the Highway Hockey League.“I can honestly say I didn’t know a more kind-hearted, generous, caring and overall nice person,” cousin Graeme Cross said in an online tribute.“Mark was one of those people that just made you feel safe and brought a special spark when you were in his presence.”Assistant coach Chris Beaudry said Cross, 27, joined the Broncos’ staff last year and was one of the happiest people he’s ever met.“His first game, we found a tin of mints and ever since then it’s been alternating back and forth, buying mints for each other and sharing it as a joke. We’d end up going through a whole tin every game,” said Beaudry.“He was a beautiful guy to be around.”———Glen Doerksen:Doerksen, 59, is described by his employer, Charlie’s Charters, in a Facebook post as an “outstanding friend, husband, and father.”“In talking to him, he spoke at length of his time in rinks with his own family and now how much he enjoyed being able to take and watch other teams from minor, to senior to SJHL to their hockey games,” the Kinistino Tigers wrote of Doersken, who drove their team to and from playoff games.Police say he’s from Carrot River, Sask.“We will never forget the smile on your face as we left Allan after winning the Championship and got you to give ‘two honks for the Cup.’ Tonight Glen, we give two honks for you. Rest easy, Sir.”———Darcy Haugan:The president of the Humboldt Broncos, Kevin Garinger, said Haugan was an incredible coach who often talked about his vision for the team.“The Humboldt Broncos were about — not building hockey players — but creating amazing young men. And that’s what we had in our organization, amazing young men,” said Garinger.“That was Darcy’s belief and through that they would ultimately become great hockey players too.”Before becoming a coach, the 42-year old played junior hockey in the league in the 1990s.Steven Wilson, a radio play-by-play announcer in Weyburn, Sask., called Haugan “the classiest guy” in the league who always had time to chat.He said the last time he saw Haugan, the coach was playing video games in his office with one of his two young sons.“He was very dedicated to his family and at the same time he was a hockey guy.”Wilson said Haugan’s wife, Christina George-Haugan, worked as the team’s office manager.“He will always be a great man in our hearts,” Haugan’s sister posted on Twitter under the name Debbie Jayne. “The tears just keep coming.”———Adam Herold:The youngest member of the team, Herold would have turned 17 this week.He was also a new member of the team. Up until a few weeks ago, Herold was captain of the Regina Pat Canadians, manager John Smith said. But when the Regina team’s season wrapped up, Herold was sent to join the Broncos for their playoff round.“He was a wonderful young man. Never afraid to help his teammates. Always there for them. Good, typical Saskatchewan farm boy. Always load the bus, unload the bus, never afraid to roll up his sleeves and get work done,” Smith said.Smith said Herold is survived by his mom, dad and an older sister. He was from Montmartre, Sask.———Brody Hinz:The 18-year-old Hinz had recently started tallying the Broncos’ numbers for Humboldt radio station CHBO.“Brody had recently joined our Golden West family, mentored by Tyler and the Bolt FM team,” said company president Lyndon Frieson.“Tragedy has hit our community and it reaches into every corner of life in Humboldt.”Another company statement described Hinz as an intern still in high school.The night of the crash marked a double tragedy for the family. A relative said on Facebook that another family member lost a baby boy in Humboldt hospital shortly after he was born.———Logan Hunter:Hunter’s death was confirmed by his former team, the St. Albert Raiders in his Alberta hometown.The organization’s president, Kevin Porter, said he heard the news from Hunter’s mother.“He always had a smile on his face,” said Porter, who described Hunter as a “smart kid and a great hockey player” with a “great sense of humour.”He was an 18-year old forward with the Broncos.———Jacob Leicht:The 19-year-old, a forward with his hometown Broncos, is being remembered for his contagious laugh and bright smile.A family member posted on Facebook that her heart is broken.“Your laughter is so contagious and you had a smile that lit up any room,” Cassidy Tolley wrote in her public post.She says he wasn’t just family, but one of her favourite people and someone she could count on any time of day.Leicht was in his first season with the team.———Conner Lukan:Conner Lukan, 21, of Slave Lake played with the midget St. Albert Raiders and Spruce Grove Saints in the Alberta Junior Hockey League before joining the Broncos last year.The Raiders announced Lukan’s death on Twitter, along with three other alumni: Stephen Wack, Jaxon Joseph and Logan Hunter.“One of the best hockey players and an even greater guy off the ice,” Tyson Chizma wrote on Twitter.“I’ve known Conner for several years, playing against him throughout the majority of my minor hockey career and trying out for a handful of teams with him. I always looked up to him as a role model.”———Jaxon Joseph:The Edmonton native’s death was confirmed by the Surrey Eagles, his former team in the British Columbia Hockey League.The Broncos website says Joseph, 20, was among the leading scorers in the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League playoffs, playing on a line with Logan Schatz, another player who lost his life in the crash.In a profile published on the team’s website in January, Schatz paid tribute to Joseph and fellow linemate Conner Lukan.“I’ve really clicked with Joseph and Lukan. I can’t say enough good things about them,” Schatz said.———Logan Schatz:The team captain had played for the Broncos for just over four years and had served as team captain for the past 2 1/2 years, his father Kelly Schatz said.The native of Allan, Sask., played centre and was named the league’s player of the month in February after earning points in eight of nine games. He was 20 years old.Kelly Schatz said his family is seeking solace in one another.“It’s hard,” Kelly Schatz said. “I’ve got four other kids and they’re here, which is nice.”———Evan Thomas:Thomas, from Saskatoon, was the “kind of kid any dad would be proud to call his” own, said his father, Scott.“He was a self-driven, motivated, retrospective, quiet, confident and very self-assured young man.”It was the 18-year-old’s first season as a forward with the Humboldt Broncos.His dad says he was an athlete, playing both hockey and baseball, and a strong student.“He liked sports, but at times I think he tolerated sports so he could be a teammate,” said Thomas in an interview. “He just loved being a teammate. He loved his teammates and I think that was more important to him than the actual sport he was playing.“He loved those boys. He really loved those boys.”———Parker Tobin:Tobin, 18, of Stoney Plain, Alta., was the last of the deceased to be identified.This was the goalie’s first season with the Broncos after being traded from the Spruce Grove Saints.———Stephen Wack:The towering 21-year-old defenceman from St. Albert, Alta. had played with the Broncos for two seasons.Alicia Wack said her cousin made the best gingerbread houses and “absolutely lived and breathed hockey.”“Stephen has always been an amazing person, son, big brother, and cousin. He is one of the most adventurous, ambitious, and loving people that I have ever been blessed to know,” she said in a Facebook post.———Information compiled by CP reporters Adam Burns, Nicole Thompson, Michelle McQuigge, Morgan Lowrie, Chris Purdy and Colette Derworiz.last_img read more

Tina Fey Announced For Concert For America

first_imgCasting has been announced for CONCERT FOR AMERICA starring Jorge Avila, Tina Fey, Mandy Gonzalez, Jeremy Jordan, Audra McDonald, Idina Menzel, Olga Merediz, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Andrew Rannells, Chita Rivera, Keala Settle, Shaina Taub and Patrick Wilson.Additional casting will be announced later this week.This edition of CONCERT FOR AMERICA will take place on Saturday, June 30, at 5pm EDT on the stage of the Great Hall at The Cooper Union at 7 E. 7th Street in New York City. Tickets are available now at Eventbrite.com.A concert of songs, comedy, and commentary, CONCERT FOR AMERICA has been hailed by the New York Times as “striking for its emphasis on the importance of faith in the United States and optimism about its future.” Created and hosted by Sirius Xm’s Seth Rudetsky and James Wesley, who also organized the Broadway For Orlando/What the World Needs Now is Love recording, CONCERT FOR AMERICA debuted on January 20th, 2017, and toured the country, benefitting 5 national organizations fighting for civil, human, and environmental rights. Rudetsky says “James and I have been increasingly horrified at what’s going on with these families struggling at the border. Our friend suggested we put up another CONCERT FOR AMERICA to coincide with the upcoming day of national protests and, even though we had ten days to plan it, we said YES!” James added, “These amazing performers agreed to appear as soon as we texted them! And these wonderful organizations are working right at the frontlines, helping both parents and children during this perilous time at our southern border.” Rudetsky adds, “Come to Concert For America to support these wonderful non-profits, stay for the phenominal entertainment!”Proceeds from CONCERT FOR AMERICA will benefit four non-profit organizations working along our southern border to protect the civil and human rights of families: Al Otro Lado, Texas Civil Rights Project, ACLU Foundation of Texas, and Florence Project.General Admission tickets are $25, with a very limited number of VIP reserved seats at $250, are available on Eventbrite.com or through their website, ConcertsforAmerica.com.For those unable to attend CONCERT FOR AMERICA in person, it will be broadcast via Facebook Live and at ConcertsforAmerica.com, beginning at 5pm EDT / 2pm PDT on Saturday, June 30th.CONCERT FOR AMERICA is created and organized by Seth Rudetsky and James Wesley, in association with Your Kids, Our Kids, as well as the generous support of Broadway Cares/ Equity Fights AIDS.last_img read more

Fire in Bhubaneswar-bound Rajdhani Exp, none injured

first_imgBhubaneswar: A fire broke out on Saturday in Bhubaneswar-bound Rajdhani Express between Balasore and Soro railway stations of Odisha, official sources said.The fire broke out between 12.50 pm to 1 pm and severely damaged the power car in the rear of the train, but did not spread to any other coach, an official said. All passengers of the train are safe, he said. The official said the smoke was first detected in the power car of the 22812 down Rajdhani Express from New Delhi to Bhubaneswar. This is the only power car which supplies power to the train. Also Read – 2019 most peaceful festive season for J&K: Jitendra SinghThe incident occurred at Khantapada in Kharagpur division of South Eastern Railways, said an official of the East Coast Railway (ECoR), adding that three fire tenders reached the spot and doused the blaze. The power car was disconnected from the rest of the train and the overhead electric wires were switched off for safety reasons. The train left Khantapada for Bhubaneswar at 2.59 pm with all the passenger coaches and one generator car, the official added.last_img read more

Cameroonian falls to death in Morocco ‘police raid’

first_imgRABAT – A Cameroonian immigrant plunged to his death when police raided his fourth-floor apartment in Tangiers, raising tensions in the Moroccan city after a similar death in October, activists said Thursday.Backup forces entered the Cameroonian’s apartment on Wednesday afternoon, in the suburb of Boukhalef, and he fell from the roof of the building shortly afterwards, rights activist Boubker El Khamlichi told AFP by phone from Tangiers.Hundreds of immigrants then marched towards the police headquarters in the northern city, carrying the victim’s body, to protest “crimes” against them. The official MAP news agency said members of the security forces arriving at the scene were pelted with stones — and two injured —  by “illegal immigrants wanting to exploit the incident, by improvising a march in the form of a funeral procession”.It did not give the identity of the victim or say how he died.Khamlichi, a lawyer who coordinates a network of human rights associations known as Shabaka, said the Cameroonian who died was about 18 years old andgave only his first name, Cedrick.“We don’t know if he jumped or was pushed. There needs to be an inquiry into what happened. But the inquiries carried out by the authorities are compromised,” he added.Moroccan NGO Gadem, which campaigns for the rights of immigrants, said the police who carried out the raid immediately left the area after the incident.Moroccan security forces have come under fire in for their treatment of illegal migrants, amid rising fears among the estimated 20,000 sub-Saharans residing in the country of racist violence, including by the authorities.In October, a Senegalese immigrant fell to his death in Tangiers after police raided his fourth-floor apartment and beat him, according to witnesses, with the authorities calling the fall “accidental”.In late July, a Congolese university professor living in Tangiers reportedly died after a police officer pushed him from a bus deporting him to the Algerian border.Morocco is the closest African country to mainland Europe, and is one of the key smuggling routes for illegal migrants seeking to cross the Mediterranean.Rabat announced a new immigration policy in September, pledging to individually review cases according to specific criteria, after King Mohamed VI voiced concerns about the treatment of sub-Saharan Africans in the country.last_img read more

Saputo stock jumps after 13billion deal with Aussie dairy company

MONTREAL — Saputo Inc. shares rose nearly six per cent Friday to their highest close since January following news of a $1.29-billion agreement to acquire Australia’s Murray Goulburn Co-Operative Co.The friendly takeover would be Saputo’s biggest Australian acquisition since 2014, when it bought Warrnambool Cheese and Butter Factory after a months-long bidding battle.Saputo said Thursday after markets closed that the Murray Goulburn deal reinforces its commitment to strengthen its presence in the Australian market.The Montreal-based cheese and dairy company’s stock (TSX:SAP) closed at $47.48, after rising $2.57 from Thursday’s close before the deal was announced.Saputo’s stock hasn’t been above $47 since February and had fallen to a 2017 low close of $39.95 in July.Murray Goulburn makes a variety of dairy products including milk, milk powder, cheese, butter and infant formula.“By acquiring a well-established industry player, (Saputo) reinforces its commitment to strengthen its presence in the Australian market,” the company said in announcing the deal Thursday.“Saputo intends to continue to invest in its Australian platform and contribute to the ongoing development of its domestic and international business.”The company said the agreement is subject to shareholder and regulatory approvals but has been unanimously recommended by Murray Goulburn’s board of directors, provided a better offer doesn’t emerge.Saputo said it expects to finance the transaction through a new bank loan. National Bank Financial (TSX:NA) and BMO Capital Markets (TSX:BMO) will be co-lead arrangers for the financing.The Australian dairy company produces products for the international market under the Devondale, Liddells and Murray Goulburn Ingredients brands. read more

Lanka insists no impunity for soldiers

He said the notion of perpetrators getting away with impunity is completely wrong as the Sri Lankan military has strong systems to ensure compliance to accepted norms, and it has mechanisms to investigate and punish any soldiers or officers who violate those norms.“It should also be noted that since the publication of the Recommendations of the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission in December last year, the commanders of the Army and Navy have established special Courts of Inquiry to investigate any alleged violations that occurred during the humanitarian operation. The public is free to make submissions to the Courts of Inquiry, and if substantial evidence exists against any individual or group, a General Court Martial would be convened to try the alleged offenders,” he said. The Sri Lankan military defeated the Tamil Tiger rebels three years ago after 30 years of bitter fighting but human rights groups have accused the military of committing war crimes and yet not being charged for those crimes. The Sri Lankan government on Tuesday insisted that soldiers found guilty of committing crimes will not be able to get away with impunity.A government statement quoted the island’s powerful defense secretary as saying that there may have been a few individuals who were guilty of acting outside orders and committing crimes during the war. “If any soldier has been found guilty of having done something wrong, the full weight of military justice has been brought to bear in the past, and it will be so in the future as well,” Defense Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa said. Rajapaksa said that the number of deaths alleged to have occurred during the final stages of the war has been grossly exaggerated.However he noted that despite the best intentions of the government and the military, some level of civilian casualties were unavoidable.“The government had a clear policy on zero civilian casualties, but achieving zero casualties in practice was impossible because the LTTE (Tamil Tigers) used civilians as a human shield, and forced them to become combatants in the last stages of the war,” he said. (Xinhua) read more

Federal decision shocks dismays casino foes

first_imgThe revelation late Thursday afternoon that the federal government has removed a major hurdle blocking the Cowlitz Tribe from constructing a casino complex near La Center caught officials and opponents of the plan off guard. La Center Councilwoman Linda Tracy said she was saddened and disappointed by the news.“It is going to pretty much devastate La Center, easily, because we don’t and can’t offer what a tribal casino can,” she said.The decision by the Bureau of Indian Affairs to allow the tribe to establish a reservation on 152 acres of land along Interstate 5 west of La Center drew criticism from activists and officials who had opposed the measure. It was welcomed by a union official as a source of good construction jobs and spark for economic development.As proposed, the casino would include a gas station, event center, hotel, restaurants and shopping. Tracy predicted that Clark County residents will head there for entertainment and goods because prices will be lower than at non-tribal establishments, and the county will also lose money because the land will be taken off the tax rolls.La Center relies heavily on the success of its four non-tribal cardrooms to fund city services. Taxes from cardrooms make up about $3 million of the city’s $4 million general fund revenue. The city is working to annex land to stretch city limits west to Interstate 5 to allow for industrial development along the I-5 corridor and help the city to diversify its tax base.last_img read more

Mistrust disagreement over oil terminal plan aired at meeting

first_imgMistrust and disagreement on the risks and benefits of a proposed Vancouver oil terminal were on display Wednesday night at a community meeting aimed at bringing all sides in the controversial issue together. And most of the mistrust seemed directed at Tesoro Corp. and Savage Companies, the two businesses that want to handle as much as 380,000 barrels at the Port of Vancouver.Wednesday’s event, convened by the East Old Evergreen Highway Neighborhood Association, brought representatives of those two companies together with BNSF Railway officials, property developers who oppose the Tesoro-Savage proposal, an environmental group representative, a longshore union leader, and emergency responders.About 60 people attended. The Port of Vancouver, which instigated the Tesoro-Savage project by seeking out oil export proposals, originally said it would also participate — but later backed out.Barry Cain, CEO of Gramor Development, outlined details of the planned Columbia Waterfront LLC downtown Vancouver waterfront development — and his concerns that oil exports could put that project at risk.Cain estimated that plans for the former Boise Cascade mill site along the north bank of the Columbia River could ultimately generate $844 million per year in economic activity. After eight years spent developing the property, building roads and improving rail along the site, Columbia Waterfront proponents are in negotiations with restaurants, and could have plans for the first residential and office construction at the site soon, he said.last_img read more

MSD football team alumni players square off in fundraising game

first_imgPARKLAND, FLA. (WSVN) – A flag football game to raise money for Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School gave Parkland’s grieving community a chance to have some lighthearted fun this weekend.Saturday’s game, called the Feis Bowl, aimed to raise funds — and spirits — in the name of Coach Aaron Feis, one of the 17 victims of the Feb. 14 massacre on the school campus.Cameras showed people walking toward the school’s football field to see its football team face off against alumni players.Stoneman Douglas alumnus Craig Pugatch said the turnout was bigger than expected.“We’re at about 30 percent higher than I thought we’d be. We sold about 250 more tickets just last night,” he said, “and that’s not counting the door, so right now we’re just trying to get people in the door. It’s been awesome.”Current and former members of the football team and band members came together for a day of food, fun, friends and fundraising after a devastating few months.“Being a part of the marching band was my all-time favorite part of high school, and it’s amazing to come play again,” said Dr. Robyn Cassel, who was also a Stoneman Douglas student. “I hadn’t played the drums in years, so it is so much fun, and I love that we get to support one another and support our awesome school.” “Growing up and doing this was so much fun,” echoed MSD alumna Danielle Igoe. “It was the highlight of my high school career, and to come back and relive the glory days, especially with my best friends whom I haven’t seen in so long, is just incredible.”Proceeds from the end-of-the-year festivities will go to the Coach Aaron Feis Foundation, the MSD Gridiron Club and the Stoneman Douglas community.For those attending, it was a way to end the year on a positive note, surrounded by a community slowly but surely working through unspeakable pain.It was a day that Feis’ friends said, he would have appreciated.“This is his kind of event. This is football and food and fun and community,” said Pugatch, “and he was an alumni, and he was a football coach, so this is 100 percent right up his alley.”Proceeds from the event will also support the Arielle Feis Irrevocable Trust Fund and MSD alumni support initiatives.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Wilmingtons Tony Marra An OffDuty Watertown Firefighter Helped Save Life In Wilmington

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Wilmington resident Tony Marra, a firefighter for the city of Watertown, is being heralded for his off-duty heroism in response to a serious rollover car accident on Route 38, near the Wilmington Plaza, on the morning of Wednesday, July 18.Around 8:20am, a 38-year-old woman was driving a 2012 Nissan Rogue northbound on Main Street when she reportedly veered to avoid a vehicle pulling out of the Speedway parking lot. Her vehicle rolled over multiple times, landing on its roof.Tony Marra, an off-duty Watertown firefighter, witnessed the accident and quickly jumped into action to assist the driver.“Marra gained entry into the overturned vehicle, helped extricate the patient, and removed the patient from the immediate danger of the running overturned vehicle in an active roadway,” according to Wilmington Fire Lieutenant Robert Varney. “When I reached the patient, Marra had already given the patient a rapid trauma assessment, and had successfully calmed the patient down from an excitable state due to the severity of the accident.”The driver was transported to a local medical facility with non-life threatening injuries. Her vehicle suffered major damage and was towed. Mass Highway was contacted to remove a significant amount of shattered glass from the roadway. Traffic was backed up in the area, with northbound traffic rerouted through the Wilmington Plaza paring lot and one of the two southbound lanes temporarily closed.“Firefighter Marra did not have to stop and help, yet he did not hesitate to jump into action and provide lifesaving care by removing the patient from immediate danger,” Varney wrote in a letter to Watertown Fire Chief Robert Quinn. “Firefighter Marra provided himself an exemplary model of a civil servant, and a Firefighter that you and the town of Watertown should be proud of.”“In a time where the media sometimes only focuses on the negative actions of firefighters, they miss out on the day-to-day heroic actions of firefighters,” added Varney.Rollover crash on July 18 (courtesy of WPD)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWilmington Firefighter Praised For Help He Provided To An Injured Woman While Off-DutyIn “Police Log”Wilmington’s Top Public Safety Stories Of 2018In “Police Log”SELECTMEN NEWS: Board Supports Fire & Police Substation In North Wilmington; Town To Vote On Project In April 2020?In “Government”last_img read more