Sandesh Jhingan Best in India, Should Keep Pushing Himself: Gouramangi Singh

first_img footballGouramangi SinghIndiaindian football First Published: October 10, 2019, 4:50 PM IST Kolkata: Hailing Sandesh Jhingan as the best defender in the country, former India international Gouramangi Singh said it is time the centre-back takes his game to the next level and makes the most of his leadership role in the backline.”I have seen him from very close quarters and he is like a younger brother. Sandesh is the best centre-back in India right now,” Gouramangi told IANS ahead of India’s World Cup qualifier against Bangladesh to be played on October 15. “He should keep challenging himself and take his game to the next level. He has the potential to do that. He is 26 and this is the right time to realise his potential.”I told you he is the best, but he can get better. That’s how good he is,” said the 33-year-old Manipuri who represented India in 69 matches between 2006 and 2013 and was rated as one of the best defenders the country has ever produced.Asked what are the areas he feels Sandesh needs to work on, Gouramangi said: “I can’t be specific. He is right there. You have seen him play and we all know how good he is. He just needs to keep pushing himself, stay fit and take care of the body. Time flies and he won’t realise it. I always advise him to stay away from injuries as much as possible and keep working hard.”Sandesh is India’s defensive mainstay and was a rock at the back in both their Group E World Cup qualifying games so far.Exactly a month ago, India pulled off a famous 0-0 draw against Asian champions Qatar after narrowly losing to Oman 1-2 in their qualifying opener in Guwahati.”India defended brilliantly in that game (Qatar) but I feel they were better against Oman. Yes, they conceded a goal late on but they should have won it on another day,” said Gouramangi who was a vital member of the national side that took part in the 2011 Asian Cup in Doha, Qatar.India missed talisman and leading goalscorer Sunil Chhetri in their match against Qatar as the skipper was down with flu. A longtime former teammate, Gouramangi said Chhetri, at 35, is still an inspiration for all aspiring footballers because of the way he carries himself on and off the pitch.”He is a vegan now. It just goes to show that even after achieving so much, he has the hunger to do more. To not compromise on his body one bit and stay healthy. He is a living legend. I went to his place on his birthday recently and all I told him was to keep going. India will always need Sunil Chhetri,” said Gouramangi.”He is an inspiration for all the young players in the Indian team for the way he is on and off the pitch. These young guys in the team are lucky to have him.”On India’s tie against Bangladesh, Gouramangi said that Igor Stimac and his boys should now look to continue the momentum and log a win against the lower-ranked side.”You cannot be complacent against them. You never know they might spring a surprise. We must continue the good work and win. We are yet to do that in the qualifiers.”He heaped praise on India’s Croatian coach Igor Stimac.”I hear he talks to the boys a lot and takes care of them. These little things are so important. The team has been doing well under him and I hope he continues the good work,” added Gouramangi who is now part of Bangalore United Football Club’s technical team and is an AFC ‘B’ licensed coach. Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time.last_img read more

Security scare for Australian team in Guwahati

first_img× Published on COMMENTS crime The Australian cricket team survived a security scare after the second T20 International against India when a “rock” was thrown at the team bus, leaving the visiting players scared.Luckily, no player got injured as the nearest seat to the window pane remained unoccupied but raised a question mark on Assam Cricket Association and state police’s security arrangements for the match at the newly-constructed stadium in Barsapara.Senior batsman Aaron Finch was the first one to post a photograph of the damaged window pane on his twitter account, admitting that they were scared. “Pretty scary having a rock thrown through the team bus window on the way back to the hotel!!” Finch posted on his official twitter handle.The Assam Cricket Association Secretary Pradip Buragohain informed that the incident took place when the team was heading back to the hotel after beating India by eight wickets in the second T20 International.“We made every attempt to ensure a foolproof security but don’t know how this happened. It was near the team hotel and not at the crowded street near the stadium,” Buragohain told PTI today.“The police have already arrested two persons and are investigating into the matter. I can assure that such incident won’t occur in future again. There will be a thick security cover when the Australian team leaves for Hyderabad,” he added.Senior India player Ravichandran Ashwin condemned the act, urging fans to show more responsibility.“The stone thrown at the Aussie team bus shows us in bad light, let’s all act more responsibly. A vast majority of us are capable of that,” Ashwin tweeted. October 11, 2017 cricketcenter_img SHARE Guwahati SHARE SHARE EMAIL sport COMMENTlast_img read more

China mulls 3-year detention for disrespect to national anthem

first_imgBy K J M VarmaBeijing, Oct 31 (PTI) Chinas top legislature is considering tougher penalties for those who disrespect the national anthem with up to three-year jail term instead of the current 15-day detention, official media said today.In September,Chinas rubber stamp parliament passed a national anthem law stipulating 15 day detention for anyone disrespecting the countrys national anthem – “March of the Volunteers”.A draft amendment was submitted for the lawmakers deliberation at the bi-monthly session of the National Peoples Congress (NPC) Standing Committee, which started yesterday.Violators in this regard may face punishments of up to three years of imprisonment, according to the draft, Xinhua news agency reported.The anthem will only be allowed at formal political gatherings, including the opening and closing of NPC sessions, constitutional oath ceremonies, flag raising ceremonies, major celebrations, award ceremonies, commemorations, national Memorial Day events, important diplomatic occasions, major sport events and other suitable occasions.It will be illegal to use the national anthem during funerals, “inappropriate” private occasions, commercials or as background music in public places, the draft said.The previous law says that violators, including those who maliciously modify the lyrics or play/sing the national anthem in a distorted or disrespectful way, can be detained for up to 15 days or held criminally liable.The song must be included in textbooks for primary and secondary school students and people are encouraged to sing the national anthem on appropriate occasions to express patriotism.China has already adopted laws covering its national flag in 1990 and national emblem in 1991.advertisement”The national anthem is different from other songs, it is the symbol of our country,” said well-known music composer Jin Fuzai. “The law ensures people will be more serious when playing or singing the song.”Earlier reports said the national anthem should not be used in brand logos or advertisements, performed at funerals and other improper events or played as background music at public places, it said. Students in primary and middle school might have to learn the national anthem as the draft proposes to include the anthem into their texts books.Chinas national anthem is “March of the Volunteers,” with lyrics by poet Tian Han and music composed by Nie Er. PTI KJV AMS AKJ AMSlast_img read more

Pro Women Hockey Players Form Union In Step Toward League

first_imgMore than 200 of the world’s top women’s hockey players have formed a union, saying they must “stand together” if there is to be a sustainable professional league.The Professional Women’s Hockey Association said Monday the paperworkwas filed Friday to help push for the creation of a “single, viable women’s professional league in North America.”The women had announced this month their pledge to sit out the upcoming season in North America after the Canadian Women’s Hockey League abruptly shut down this year. That leaves only the National Women’s Hockey League, which took back control of the Buffalo Beauts on May 8.The PWHPA said in a statement the association also will help players coordinate training needs and opportunities and develop sponsor support.“We are fortunate to be ambassadors of this beautiful game, and it is our responsibility to make sure the next generation of players have more opportunities than we had,” Kendall Coyne Schofield said in a statement. “It’s time to stand together and work to create a viable league that will allow us to enjoy the benefits of our hard work.”Coyne Schofield won Olympic gold with the U.S. in 2018 and was an NWHL All-Star with the Minnesota Whitecaps this past season.The new union’s members include players from Europe along with the U.S. and Canada.“We might play for different teams, and come from different countries, but we’re united in our goals,” said goaltender Noora Räty, who has won two Olympic bronze medals with Finland. “This is about protecting ourselves, protecting our future, and making hockey a better place for women and girls.”FILE – In this Nov. 10, 2018, file photo, Canada goaltender Shannon Szabados watch as U.S. players celebrate a win during the Four Nations Cup hockey gold-medal game in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. More than 200 of the world’s top female players have taken their next step toward a single, economically viable professional league by forming their own players’ association. The new Professional Women’s Hockey Association (PWHPA) announced Monday, May 20, 2019, that incorporation papers were filed Friday with help from attorneys from Ballard Spahr. (Liam Richards/The Canadian Press via AP, File)The PWHPA made it clear the union wants a league that provides health insurance, money and infrastructure along with support for training programs.“We are prepared to stop playing for a year, which is crushing to even think about, because we know how important a sustainable league will be to the future of women’s sports,” Canadian national team goalie Shannon Szabados said. “We know we can make this work, and we want the chance to try.”Liz Knox, former co-chair of the CWHL Players Association, said the players are uncertain about what happens next.“But we move forward united, dedicated, and hopeful for our future and the future of this game we love so much,” Knox said.The NWHL stresses that not everyone is boycotting the lone remaining women’s professional league.The league announced a couple player deals, notably one featuring Madison Packer. Packer, who tied for most goals in NWHL history, signed for $12,000 to play the upcoming season with the Metropolitan Riveters. The NWHL previously announced players also will receive a 50 percent cut of revenue and 15 percent apparel sales with their names this upcoming season.“I’m coming back for a fifth season because I am passionate about continuing my playing career and to advance the game and our league,” said Packer, who is tied for the NWHL’s most career goals.“I’m confident in the direction our sport is headed, and in the plan the NWHL has laid out for a strong season and positive experience for players and fans. It’s important to build off the momentum created by the league’s success last season, and my body feels good enough to continue playing.”By: Teresa M. Walker, AP Sports WriterTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Garber insists no decision made on Crew move

first_imgMLS Garber insists no decision made in Crew’s potential move to Austin Goal 08:21 10/27/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Don Garber MLS SuperDraft Kelvin Kuo MLS Columbus Crew The MLS commissioner said that the Crew could still stay put in Ohio, despite the club’s owner stating he is considering moving the team to Texas MLS commissioner Don Garber has insisted no decisions have been made in the Columbus Crew’s potential move to Austin.Columbus owner Anthony Precourt confirmed his club is considering moving to the Texas capital in a club statement on Oct. 17, saying the team needs a new stadium to stay competitive. Though Precourt has stated no decisions have been made, it is widely expected he will attempt to move the team to Austin.  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 Precourt Sports Ventures is currently sponsoring “MLS2ATX”, described as a “community of supporters working together to bring Major League Soccer to Austin, TX.”Speaking at the Yahoo Finance All Markets Summit in New York, Garber made his first public comments about the Crew’s potential move. Garber took a question from a moderator who said that Precourt wants to move the club to Austin and the commissioner stated, “It’s not proper to say that they want to move.“What they’re doing is evaluating what their options are to determine whether it makes sense to move to Austin or whether or not it makes sense for them to have factors that will improve their performance and stay in the city of Columbus, so no decision has been made to move to Austin.”Sitting as a commissioner, no league, certainly no leader of a league, wants to move a club.”Garber said he will meet with Columbus Partnership (a group of local business leaders) CEO Alex Fischer and Columbus Mayor Andrew Ginther to further discuss the team’s situation. “There are times that you make these traumatic decisions that long-term they could be beneficial for the sport and the league overall,” Garber said. “The good news here is people are talking.“We’re gonna have a meeting with the mayor, we’re gonna have a meeting with the Columbus Partnership to see what kinds of things need to happen for the Crew to work with the city and stay.”last_img read more

Cutrone & Calabria strikes sink Roma

first_imgRoma 0 AC Milan 2: Cutrone and Calabria secure superb win for Rossoneri Guy Atkinson Last updated 1 year ago 05:41 2/26/18 Patrick Cutrone - cropped Getty Images AC Milan’s fine form in Serie A continued as a superb second-half display saw off an out-of-sorts Roma. AC Milan stretched their unbeaten run in Serie A to eight games as Patrick Cutrone and Davide Calabria sealed a 2-0 win over Roma at the Stadio Olimpico.Gennaro Gattuso’s side were second best during a poor first half but came out for the second period rejuvenated and secured all three points thanks to their young stars.Their more adventurous approach bore fruit after 48 minutes when Cutrone got a delicate touch to Suso’s cross, which flashed past Alisson. 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 Milan had further chances to add a second before the unlikely figure of Calabria added gloss to the scoreline with a composed finish in the 74th minute.The win sets Milan up perfectly for a big week, which sees them face Lazio in a Coppa Italia semi-final second leg on Wednesday before a crunch derby with Inter four days later.Roma, meanwhile, will need to pick themselves up quickly after a second consecutive defeat ahead of a daunting trip to Napoli next weekend.74′ AND @davidecalabria2 MAKES IT TWO!!!! Il raddoppio rossonero con un gran gol di Davide!!! Dai ragazzi!!!!! ️ #RomaMilan 0-2 pic.twitter.com/1tvqQquMrI — AC Milan (@acmilan) February 25, 2018 Roma started with a spring in their step and tested Gianluigi Donnarumma – celebrating his 19th birthday – twice inside the opening 10 minutes through Cengiz Under and Diego Perotti.Milan soon settled, however, and largely kept their hosts at arm’s length for large swathes of the first half.When Roma did threaten, Lorenzo Pellegrini was at the heart of it. The 21-year-old midfielder had a penalty appeal waved away before flashing a shot wide of Donnarumma’s right-hand post as the half ended goalless.In stark contrast to their tepid first-half display, Milan started the second period with verve and swagger and were rewarded with the opening goal after just three minutes.Cutrone found Suso on the right and then stormed into the box to meet the Spaniard’s teasing cross with an impudent flick past Alisson for his sixth Serie A goal of the season.48′ GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAL! Patrick!!!!CUTRONEEEE! Vantaggio rossonero! ️ #RomaMilan 0-1 pic.twitter.com/raTN3gmnax — AC Milan (@acmilan) February 25, 2018 Perotti then drilled a long-range effort just wide as Roma attempted to restore parity, while Alisson had to be alert to parry over Franck Kessie’s powerful drive as Milan looked to double their advantage.The shackles were well and truly off Milan’s players after Cutrone’s goal and Hakan Calhanoglu should have at least tested Alisson with a low drive just before the hour, instead dragging it wide.Substitute Nikola Kalinic should have wrapped it up with 20 minutes remaining but was denied by a smart one-handed save from Alisson.The Croatian made up it for it soon after, though, playing in the marauding Calabria who coolly clipped over the onrushing Roma goalkeeper for his first ever Serie A goal.Roma rarely looked like clawing their way back into the game in the closing stages as Milan – who could have had a third late on through Fabio Borini – comfortably held firm to register a memorable win. Key Opta Facts:- AC Milan have won an away league match against Roma for the first time since October 2011.- Patrick Cutrone has scored four goals in his last four Serie A games. His strike on Sunday was Milan’s first shot on target of the match.- Davide Calabria has scored his first goal for AC Milan (42 apps in all competitions).  read morelast_img read more

5 days agoLiverpool manager Klopp: No chance Salah could’ve faced Man Utd

first_imgAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Liverpool manager Klopp: No chance Salah could’ve faced Man Utdby Freddie Taylor5 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool manager Jurgen Klopp says there was no way Mohamed Salah could have faced Manchester United on Sunday.The Reds missed Salah’s attacking spark against United’s low-block, with the game ending in a 1-1 draw.”Mo was not ready, that’s how it is,” Klopp told Sky Sports.”He couldn’t train with the team; I don’t know where it came from that everybody said he will play. “There was pretty much no chance for today, maybe for Wednesday, we have to see.” last_img

Notre Dame Fans Are Calling For Brian Kelly To Be Fired After Loss To NC State

first_imgBrian Kelly speaking at a press conference.YouTube/WatchNDNotre Dame fans are calling for Brian Kelly to be fired after another woeful performance.Notre Dame and NC State played in rough conditions on Saturday afternoon, as Hurricane Matthew crept up the East Coast towards North Carolina, dumping an insane amount of rain in the Raleigh area. As such, the two teams struggled to move the ball, resulting in a defensive battle that featured five turnovers. But at the end of the day, NC State knocked off Notre Dame, and hey – a loss is a loss.In the loss, Notre Dame gained just 113 yards. DeShone Kizer finished 9-of-26 for 54 yards and an interception, while the team gained just 59 yards on the ground. The game was decided on a punt block that was returned for a touchdown.It won’t shock you to hear that Notre Dame fans are starting to lose it. The Fighting Irish are 2-4 on the season, and many supporters are calling for Brian Kelly’s head.FIRE BRIAN KELLY NOW!!!!— Edward Urrutia (@EdUrrutia0176) October 8, 2016@JackSwarbrickND time for Brian Kelly to go. Only 1 season with 10 wins or more, rest is mediocre. Time for him to go away #firebriankelly— Eric Savage (@ESav79) October 8, 2016Hated seeing how Brian Kelly treated his players today. Always love my Irish ? but he needs to go #NDvsNCSU— Jenna Lewanski (@JLewanski) October 8, 2016Time for Brian Kelly to get fired. #ND— Dave Euro (@daveeuro) October 8, 2016Can we plz fire brian kelly now and start goin after les miles b4 some1 else gets him damn— Young Phife (@shonuff18mill) October 8, 2016You sir @CoachBrianKelly need to be fired asap— brian from Illinois (@woltz1975) October 8, 2016Notre Dame’s schedule doesn’t let up either – the Fighting Irish still have Stanford, Miami, Navy, Army, Virginia Tech and USC. It’ll be interesting to see if they even qualify for a bowl game.last_img read more

Pravin Amre applies for position of Team India’s batting coach

first_img Rasesh Mandani MumbaiJuly 29, 2019UPDATED: July 29, 2019 09:39 IST (Getty Images)HIGHLIGHTSPravin Amre is currently working as a batting advisor to USA cricketCurrent batting coach Sanjay Bangar has come under criticism following the World CupSupport staff applicants along with head coach applications have been invited till 30th of JulyFormer India batsman and seasoned coach Pravin Amre has thrown his hat in the ring for the position of India’s batting coach.The position could be up for grabs with stories emanating from the Indian dressing room that the current coach Sanjay Bangar hasn’t delivered the results expected of him.Bangar has been working with the batting unit for the past five years and has worked under both Ravi Shastri and Anil Kumble. He is also the assistant coach of the side.India’s middle-order failure during the Cricket World Cup is being attributed to Bangar’s inability to develop more batting options. However there are those as well who believe Bangar should be judged on his tactical and technical expertise and it’s the selectors and captain-coach who should take the blame for the soft middle order.Amre like Bangar has a modest international record as a player but has built a rich coaching resume. He has been a regular on the IPL coaching circuit and was the scouting head of Delhi Capitals last season where he worked closely with Ricky Ponting and Sourav Ganguly.Amre who comes from the Ramakant Achrekar school of cricket has regularly been working on a one-on-one basis with Indian Test vice captain Ajinkya Rahane.Other India players like Suresh Raina, Shreyas Iyer, Dinesh Karthik, Robin Uthappa have also engaged with Amre’s customised batting coaching lessons.Amre is currently working as a batting advisor to USA cricket and may have to give an undertaking of not being employed anywhere else if given the job.advertisementSupport staff applicants along with head coach applications have been invited till 30th of July. The BCCI COA have said that as per the new constitution, the support staff appointments will be made by the selection committee.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 byrohan sen Tags :Follow Pravin AmreFollow Team India Pravin Amre applies for position of Team India’s batting coachSanjay Bangar has been working with the batting unit for the past five years and has worked under both Ravi Shastri and Anil Kumble.advertisementlast_img read more

Keepin’ it Cool with IZOLA

first_imgIn 2005, Neil Rasmus (one of the men behind New York City’s biggest full service photo companies – Billy Farrell Agency) and Richard Brandt decided to bring some life to otherwise mundane objects by incorporating good quality with great design – thus began IZOLA. In 2010, the company started collaborating with Aesthetic Movement’s design team to start applying their utilitarian ideals (items built to last) to a larger selection of products.Each item is made with great care and strong attention to detail. Some of the items you will find when browsing their online store: flasks, soaps, candles, laundry bags, bamboo tooth brushes, handkerchiefs, shoe brushes, home textiles, hardware, ceramics and luggage. But one item that seems like an appropriate purchase this week – their water bottle.Since Earth Day is right around the corner, we’ve decided to re-evaluate some things in our lives to help keep the planet a happier place. Leave it to IZOLA to help us limit our plastic waste. IZOLA makes the perfect water bottle that will keep your beverages hot or cold – with eco-friendly stainless steel. This water bottle is also full of style – drawing inspiration from utilitarian ideals, there are 10 dapper variations to choose from – one of which will teach you how to say “water” in 13 different languages. Others have inspirational phrases – “onward and upward” and “unity”. So what are the details that make this stainless steel water bottle different from others on the market? 201 grade stainless steel construction – which means superior durability. A double-wall insulated shell will keep your liquids hot or cold for 12 hours (hello, beach) and a wide mouth designed for easier cleaning.Back to that 12 hour rule -IZOLA actually tested the product with standard and digital thermometers to find that the cold liquids climbed 5 degrees, while the hot liquids only cooled off by 30 degrees. You can pick up your water bottle in either 10oz or 25oz. And since we love our readers so much – and since IZOLA loves you guys too, we’re helping you take 20% off your next purchase – just use the code IZOLA-MANUAL A Peek Inside the Joseph Abboud Factory: Italian Fabric, Made in America 5 Canadian Lifestyle Brands You Need to Know Where to Find Artwork to Match Your Style The Best Graphic Tee Companies to Liven Up Your Wardrobe Editors’ Recommendations The MNML Leather Highlander Travel Bag Makes Short-Term Trips a Breeze last_img read more

BDO Moore Stephens Merger Strengthens Shipping Presence

first_imgzoomIllustration. Image Courtesy: Pexels under CC0 Creative Commons license The merger between accountants and advisers BDO LLP and Moore Stephens LLP in London was completed earlier this month.Clients of the merged firm, BDO, will have access to offices in over 160 countries with a presence in every major shipping location in the world, the parties informed.“Both BDO and Moore Stephens LLP have for many years been leading accountants and advisers to the shipping and transport sector. We are confident our clients will now benefit greatly from having access to the combined resources of the two firms,” Michael Simms, Partner and Head, Shipping & Transport at BDO, said.“The merger enables us to deliver the ever-increasing range and depth of solutions demanded by our clients, who can expect the same high-quality, industry-leading service to which they have become accustomed.”last_img read more

Michelle Obama To Talk Fitness And Nutrition With Dr Oz

first_imgMichelle Obama, whose advocacy for fitness and nutrition have been a cornerstone of her work as First Lady, will appear on the nationally syndicated The Dr. Oz Show on the third anniversary of her monumental “Let’s Move!” campaign.Michelle Obama will appear on The Dr. Oz Show February 28.Credit/Copyright: PRNewsFoto/The Dr. Oz ShowJoined by Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, the First Lady will discuss how physical activity affects children’s health and academic achievement. The episode will air Thursday, February 28, to coincide with a major announcement about bringing physical activity back to schools, to be made by Mrs. Obama and Secretary Duncan.“Mrs. Obama’s advocacy for physical activity in schools is an investment in our future and will give our children longer, healthier lives,” said host Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD. “The First Lady’s sense of urgency on this topic goes hand-in-glove with the conversation we have with our audience every day. I’m humbled and honored that Mrs. Obama and the Secretary of Education will appear on our show to continue this national conversation with our viewers.”The two-time Emmy Award-winning nationally syndicated The Dr. Oz Show first hosted Michelle Obama as a guest in September 2012.Source:PR Newswirelast_img read more

Raymond Cormier acquittal sparks rallies in solidarity with Tina Fontaine

first_imgAPTN NewsThe not-guilty verdict in the death of Tina Fontaine has sparked calls to action across Canada honouring the 15-year-old Sagkeeng First Nation girl and calling for systemic change.On Friday morning, Fontaine’s supporters will gather outside the Winnipeg courthouse where Raymond Cormier walked free the previous evening.Rallies are also scheduled for Victoria, Vancouver, Calgary, Guelph, Ottawa, Montreal and Halifax over the weekend.Large crowd gathering for #TinaFontaine March. Great-aunt Thelma Favel surrounded by family and friends @APTNNews pic.twitter.com/oZGkt0itV8— Brittany Hobson (@bhobs22) February 23, 2018“The CFS (Children and Family Services) system has definitely failed Tina Fontaine, the Winnipeg Police Services failed Tina Fontaine and Canadian society failed Tina Fontaine,” said Kevin Hart, the Assembly of First Nations regional chief for Manitoba.“Everybody right now across this country should be ashamed of themselves for the injustice that just occurred here.”https://t.co/7WIVgGrCoj— Brittany Hobson (@bhobs22) February 23, 2018A jury acquitted the 56-year-old after a three-week trial. Fontaine’s body, wrapped in a duvet cover and filled with rocks, was pulled from the Red River in August 2014. Cormier was charged almost a year later.Tina was being sexually exploited after coming to Winnipeg from Sagkeeng First Nation, 120 kilometres north of Winnipeg.Many #Indigenous youth standing together at the Walk in Honour for Tina Fontaine event. #mmiwg #cdnpoli @APTNNews pic.twitter.com/zuLE3RSmAj— APTNInvestigates (@APTNInvestigate) February 23, 2018The jury heard how Tina’s relatively stable upbringing spiralled out of control when her father was murdered. Her mother came back into her life and Tina had gone to visit her in Winnipeg, where the girl descended into life on the streets.She and her boyfriend met the much-older Cormier in the summer of 2014. The jury heard Cormier gave the couple a place to stay, gave Tina drugs and had sex with her.Fontaine was in the care of social services and was staying at a Winnipeg hotel when she disappeared.Her death prompted renewed calls for an inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women.Holding a stick of sage in the air. A woman attending the Walk in Honour of Tina Fontaine event. #mmiwg #cdnpoli #mb pic.twitter.com/Vwl5pGDRjm— Martha Troian (@ozhibiiige) February 23, 2018Here’s what other leaders had to say following Cormier’s acquittal:“The death of Tina Fontaine was a tragedy and our deepest sympathies go out to her family, friends and entire community. Her death galvanized our whole country to demand measures that would stop the ongoing tragedy of missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls.” – Carolyn Bennett, minister of Crown-Indigenous relations, in a statement.#TinaFontaine #toronto pic.twitter.com/OmGHgF9dEg— Beverly Andrews (@APTNBeverly) February 23, 2018“Shocked and disgusted. Tina is a symbol of MMIWG in our country _ and this is the signal Cdn society sends? No justice. No peace. We must stand up to this injustice.” – Niki Ashton, NDP MP for Churchill-Keewatinook Aski, on Twitter.“Once again justice was not found in the courtroom for a FirstNations child … The trauma and pain this causes for me and all First Nations people across Canada is deep. Systemic injustices require systemic action to change.” – Perry Bellegarde, national chief, Assembly of First Nations, on Twitter.“There’s no question in my mind that we all failed Tina. And we are all continuing to fail other young Indigenous people in communities across our country. I believe Canada is the greatest country in the world … but until we all confront the shame and tragedy of our country’s racist treatment of Indigenous people we will fall short of that great country we know Canada to be.” – Winnipeg Mayor Brian Bowman, in a statement.– With files from The Canadian Presslast_img read more

US judge reduces jail sentence on three LTTE members

Federal prosecutors informed Dearie this month that the Brooklyn U.S. Attorney’s office had reached an agreement with lawyers for the three men which calls for essentially dropping the arms deal charge.Their conviction for providing material support to a terrorist organization will remain along with the 15-year prison term.As part of the agreement, the three men will be deported to Canada after completing their sentences. Dearie was referring to the 25-year prison terms he was mandated to give to Canadian nationals Sathajhan Sarachandran, Sahilal Sabaratnam, Thiruthanikan Thanigasalam in 2011 for conspiring to acquire surface-to-air missiles on behalf of the Tamil Tigers, a rebel group fighting against the government of Sri Lanka. The men filed a lawsuit in 2012 in Brooklyn Federal Court seeking a reduction in their sentences and disclosed details about the civil war chaos in their homeland — including the deaths of dozens of innocent children in a Sri Lankan air strike. Three men convicted in the US of being LTTE members are getting their sentences reduced by 10 years after a Brooklyn judge revealed that he had been “haunted” by the case, the New York Daily News reported.“I just believe in my heart of hearts that an injustice has been done and I can’t correct it,” Federal Judge Raymond Dearie said, according to a transcript of a July 15, 2015 conference with prosecutors and defense lawyers. The Tamil Tigers were designated a foreign terrorist organization in 1997 by the U.S. State Department. The judge said he called the meeting after receiving a letter from the 13-year-old daughter of one of the defendants begging him to intercede with federal officials who were not allowing her to visit her father behind bars.Law enforcement sources familiar with the case said the agreement does not reflect any change in the government’s position that the Tamil Tigers are a terror group or the trio’s participation in an arms deal.It will merely recognize that the judge could have granted the men relief in their civil action. (Colombo Gazette) Lawyers for the men say they were deeply moved by Dearie’s words.“It was an extraordinary measure by an extraordinary judge to repair something that everyone agrees was an injustice,” lawyer Anthony Ricco, who represented Sarachandran in the case, told The Daily News.Dearie issued an order Wednesday for all the parties to appear in his courtroom next week to determine the next step. “Now that we’ve become a little bit more sophisticated in our thinking about what is and is not terrorism, now that we know a lot more about the conflict in Sri Lanka and the horrors visited upon these people, perhaps there’s a way to provide a fair measure of justice to all without condemning these men to essentially a life behind bars,” Dearie said.“This case has just taken over my head,” Dearie added. “To say that I’m troubled is to put it mildly.” read more

Noconfidence motion against Rajitha handed over to Speaker

Meanwhile Rajitha Senaratne says he will look to use the no-confidence motion against him to show the confidence Parliament has in him.He says he has the support of all those in the Government against the no-confidence motion. (Colombo Gazette) A no-confidence motion against Health Minister Rajitha Senaratne was handed over to Speaker Karu Jayasuriya by the joint opposition today.The no-confidence motion was signed by 39 joint opposition members of parliament.

Ajax man killed on Malaysia plane

Tonight the world is mourning the loss of 298 people who were on flight MH-17 when it was shot down over Ukraine. One of those passengers was a 24-year old medical student from Ontario, who was vacationing with his girlfriend. Also on the flight — dozens of researchers and advocates who were on their way to the international AIDS conference in Australia. And as the world continues to search for answers and determine who’s responsible for firing the missile, those who know the passengers are now trying to cope with the reality that they will never see their loved ones again.The downing of a Malaysian Airlines passenger jet over Ukraine has meant tragedy for a family here in the GTA. One Canadian was among almost three hundred killed when the plane shot down by a surface to air missile. Andrei Anghel was a promising young medical student. And his family says his death is a loss to them, and to the future of medical research.Andrei Anghel was 24-years old. He studied science at the University of Waterloo and went to medical school in Romania, his family’s homeland.On his linked in page, he said he planned to learn and bring new knowledge to the world.For his family, the news of his death in the plane crash was devastating.Alexandra Anghel, sister: “I’m never going to get to hug him again.”Andrei’s sister Alexandra says was a cheerful, positive person with big ambitions.Alexandra: “He was a very outgoing happy person. He loved life. He never really let anything get him down.”He loved medical school, and wanted to do research.Alexandra: “He wanted to change the world. He wanted to find cure for stuff that people are dying for. He wanted to change the world, he wanted to make it better.”Andrei’s father Sorin says he was kind, outgoing, liked meeting people, and wanted to find a cure for cancer.Andrei was on his way to Bali with his German girlfriend Olga when their plane was shot down.His sister says at first, she hoped this news of his death was just a bad dream.Alexandra: “He just had so much going for him and he was so excited about where his life was going and was so happy with where he was and where he was going and now that just got taken away from his and it just breaks my heart to think he’s never going to get to experience.”As for this horrific situation of a passenger plane being shot down, Andrei’s family is so overcome by grief they say it’s not something they can really think about much right now. They say they will be angry at some point, but that won’t bring him back. read more

Welcoming Taylors resignation Annan hopes nightmare is over for Liberians

In a statement issued in New York, a UN spokesperson said the Secretary-General “expects that [Mr. Taylor] will immediately leave Liberia as promised” and that he “strongly urges all parties in Liberia to observe the ceasefire, and to allow humanitarian assistance to reach the population in all parts of the country.”The Secretary General also urged all Member States to give “whatever assistance they can to the Liberian people in restoring security and stability, notably by supporting and contributing to the multinational force authorized by the Security Council,” said spokesperson Hua Jiang.Noting the progress achieved by the Liberian parties in the negotiations in Accra, Ghana, Ms. Jiang said Mr. Annan believes that all the parties should now make every effort to reach agreement quickly on a process leading to a transitional government which can bring about national reconciliation, and in due course, enable the Liberian people to choose a fully representative leadership through free and fair elections.The spokesperson said the Secretary-General also wished to express his appreciation for the efforts made by African leaders – notably Presidents Joachim Chissano of Mozambique, John Kufuor of Ghana, Thabo Mbeki of South Africa and Olusegun Obasanjo of Nigeria – to resolve the crisis. She added that Mr. Annan thanked President Obasanjo in particular for the “timely deployment” of Nigerian peacekeeping troops, and the former Nigerian Head of State, General Abdelsalami Abubakar, for his able facilitation of the Accra talks.”He hopes that the regional leaders will remain closely engaged, and will do whatever they can to maintain stability and help Liberians reach a peaceful resolution of their differences.” read more

Private pilots pushed out of hangars at Toronto island airport court documents

by Alexandra Posadzki, The Canadian Press Posted Jun 7, 2013 1:43 pm MDT TORONTO – A group of private pilots who fly out of Toronto’s island airport have turned to the Federal Court, claiming the local port authority has failed in its oversight role by allowing Porter Airlines to evict them from its hangars.There are no hangars devoted to general aviation on the island, so many private pilots, flight schools and other businesses who use Toronto’s Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport rent space from Porter FBO Limited, a company related to the airport’s main tenant, Porter Airlines.In an application filed to the Federal Court, the Toronto Island Pilots Association alleges Porter has forced a number of its members out of the airport by jacking up their rent by as much as 300 per cent or terminating their leases.The association argues this violates the Tripartite Agreement that governs the island airport, which has been the subject of controversy over the years as island residents have vocally opposed its expansion.The agreement — which was signed in 1983 by the city, Transport Canada and the port authority’s predecessor, the Toronto Harbour Commissioners — states the purpose of the airport is for general aviation and “limited” commercial flights.The Port Authority oversees operations of the airport to make sure they’re in accordance with the Tripartite Agreement. But Julian Falconer, a lawyer representing the pilots association, says the port authority is simply handing the reins over to Porter Airlines.“Porter has been given a blank cheque to run affairs at Billy Bishop Airport in circumstances where the Tripartite Agreement dictates exactly the opposite,” Falconer said.“The airport should be renamed to the Bob Deluce Island Airport, because that’s the level of control and influence,” he added, referring to Porter’s chief executive.However, Porter said it plans to increase the amount of space available for personal aviation, not decrease it, and it only terminated some leases in order to do renovations.“In the longer term, we do anticipate that there will be more space than was originally available for (personal aviation),” said Porter spokesman Brad Cicero.The airline also said rent increases of 33 per cent were more typical, reflecting comparable rates at other airports in the region.“We don’t agree with the pleading that the pilots association has made,” said Cicero.“We don’t think it’s accurate, and we’ll definitely be defending ourselves through the court process.”The Toronto Port Authority said it would not comment on the case because it is before the courts.“The Toronto Port Authority supports and is committed to a continued personal aviation presence at Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport,” spokeswoman Pamela McDonald said in an email.Porter recently announced it hopes to fly jets out of the island airport, a move that will require the airline to fill in part of the lake so it can extend the runway by 168 metres at each end.The plan will also require approval from all three groups included in the Tripartite Agreement. It has become the subject of much debate, with some residents raising concerns about noise and increased traffic congestion.Toronto city council has commissioned a study that will explore the proposed changes.The pilots association argues that Porter’s rapid growth has been at the expense of the general aviation community — something the Tripartite Agreement was meant to preserve.While the pilots association says the term does not apply to scheduled air services or commercial airlines, Porter contends that the Q400 turboprop planes it flies qualify the airline’s activities as general aviation.Falconer said he hopes the case will go before a judge by the fall.The pilots association alleges that as a result of Porter’s actions, a number of private pilots and other businesses have been forced to sell their planes or leave the island airport.In an affidavit, the president of the Airborne Sensing Corporation says his aerial photographic survey company was evicted from the hangar space it was renting from Porter Airlines on April 30, 2012.“Recently, there has been a mass exodus of General Aviation businesses and pilots from the Island Airport because of evictions and/or because their rent for hangar space or tie-down space has significantly increased,” said Alexander Giannalia in the affidavit.However, Porter said it gave Airborne Sensing the option of staying on in some capacity, which the company declined.Giannalia’s affidavit lists a total of seven pilots or businesses who have received rent increases from Porter and four whose leases have been terminated.Island Air, the last of three pilot schools still operating out of the island airport, was almost shooed out as well, said Falconer.“The Tripartite Agreement created checks and balances to ensure that a downtown airport wouldn’t become Pearson, flying over everybody’s neighbourhoods,” said Falconer.“But in fact, the opposite has happened. The Port Authority, in my view, has completely abdicated its oversight role. And, frankly, we’re at the stage where it’s the wild, wild west. The rules have been thrown out the window.” Private pilots pushed out of hangars at Toronto island airport: court documents AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more