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An official of the Indian High Commission in Pakistan staged a walkout of a SAARC meeting over the presence of a ‘minister’ from Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK) at the event, news agency PTI said, quoting a source. Diplomat Shubham Singh, left the meeting to register India’s protest over the presence of PoK ‘minister’ Chaudhary Muhammad Saeed at the SAARC Chambers of Commerce and Industry meeting on the SAARC Charter Day in Islamabad on Sunday.Read it at NDTV Related Items
2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting The Ormoc native also put pressure in himself to churn out a better showing after turning 29 on Tuesday.Fittingly, Lanete lit up for a career second-best 24 points on a 4-of-9 three-point shooting to lead Meralco to a tight 92-90 victory over Phoenix that kept them alive in the playoff race in the 2018 PBA Philippine Cup.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“I’m just lucky and I thank Lord for that,” said the former San Beda sniper, who is always prepared whenever coach Norman Black calls his number.Lanete shared the spotlight with his peers who are trying their best to make the Bolts run despite the injuries that beset the squad. John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Read Next Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises PBA IMAGESWith key cogs down for Meralco, Garvo Lanete expected a bigger responsibility in its game against Phoenix on Wednesday.“We had to step up because we don’t have Jared (Dillinger) and we don’t have Cliff (Hodge). So when we lost to NLEX, coach was firm in telling us that we had to treat this game as a championship game,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Bolts continue to lose key players as Hodge suffers suspected knee injury NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH View comments AFP official booed out of forum Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City “Every practice, the coaches have been telling me to not hesitate in shooting the ball. And it’s not just me, but the same with my teammates because we all stepped up. Me, Jason Ballesteros, Anjo Caram, Chris Newsome, Nico Salva, and of course, Cliff Hodge. Every game, we always have that same mentality.”With Meralco keeping afloat at 3-6, there’s not much room for error for the Bolts, especially with their Governors’ Cup Finals rematch set against Ginebra on Sunday.“It’s the same, we’ll have a championship game mindset,” he said. “Yes, we’re excited for the rematch, but we’ll treat that as a regular game. We just have to win.”ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information.
India’s hockey team captain Sardar Singh has been bestowed with the honourEnding the suspense over who would be the Indian contingent’s flag bearer at Friday’s 17th Asian Games opening ceremony here, men’s hockey team captain Sardar Singh was on Thursday bestowed with the honour.”The flag bearer will be Sardar Singh, captain of the men’s hockey team. Actually all the people were asked and we have been trying to ask the coaches about who is available.They all have matches the next day or the day after and none wanted to stand outside the stadium from 12 noon to 4 pm (before the parade). Sardar does not have a match. He was happy to do so,” said Chef-de-Mission Adille Sumariwalla.”There were so many contenders, we asked them. Wrestlers are not there, boxers are not there. The badminton event is starting the day after and so do the shooters.”The former national sprint champion and Olympian explained why the focus should not be on the flag bearer, which was just symbolic, but on winning honours at the Games.”I don’t see why we are focusing so much on the flag bearer. We are here to win medals. Flag bearer is symbolic; focus should be on medals. Any great athlete can do it and we have many of them.”It will be a great boost to hockey and I hope we can win the gold, they (men’s team) has been playing well,” he added. Sumariwalla also said because of the restrictions imposed by the organisers, each country cannot field more than 130 persons in the parade.advertisement”Size is limited to 130, it can be less not more for the opening parade. I don’t even know. For example Nikolai (Sneserev of Belarus, coach of middle distance running) has said ‘though my wards’ events are later my athletes won’t be participating’.”He also said the strength of the contingent was 622, which included 541 competitors.”350 of them have come so far out of 541. Total number of officials is 181 ? made up of doctors, physios, coaches, managers and video analysts,” he added.
Two people have been killed and several injured in a stampede at South Africa’s FNB Stadium during a soccer match between Soweto rivals Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates, state broadcaster SABC said on Saturday.The SABC, citing stadium officials, said the stampede was at one of the gates of the stadium that hosted the 2010 World Cup final.Live television coverage of the match showed no obvious disturbance and police and emergency services officials could not immediately confirm the report.
Four years ago, Virat Kohli went through mixed emotions at the Adelaide Oval. In his first Test as captain, Kohli had slammed two classic hundreds but India fell short of what could have been a remarkable victory.Chasing a steep target, India had lost despite Kohli’s brilliance. But he was not entirely distraught. Yet to take over as India’s full-time skipper, Virat Kohli wanted his team to win at all costs – even if it sometimes risked a defeat.Four years later, Kohli is captain of the world’s No.1 Test team – a team which has set the cricket globe on fire at home but disappointed overseas. In South Africa and England, India could not capitalise on great opportunities in in the tour openers and went on to lose the series.In Australia, India were not going to let up. Despite a poor start – India had lost their top four for 41 – on Day 1 of the Adelaide Test, Kohli’s men knew they had to stay on and fight. And Cheteshwar Pujara stepped up. So did the bowlers – R Ashwin, Japsprit Bumrah, Ishant Sharma and Mohammed Shami were spectacular.India managed 250 in the first innings and still finished with a slender 15-run lead. Kohli played a slow and steady knock in the second innings Pujara top scored with 71 again while Rahane cracked a fluent 70. Australia were set 323 to win and they looked out of the game fairly early before a lower order resurgence gave India a real scare.However, Ashwin struck moments before tea on the final day and the Indian fielders were thrilled.advertisementThis was India’s first victory in Australia in a decade and it came without big runs from Kohli’s bat. Who would have thought India would be 1-0 up after the first Test when Kohli did not really turn up the heat with the bat?This was a well-deserved win by all means. And Kohli is happy but he is not satisfied – he wants to go out all guns and chase a series win now.”We can’t be satisfied with one Test, we are happy obviously,” Kohli said after the match.Australia’s lower order led by Mitchell Starc and Nathan Lyon had almost snatched victory from the jaws of defeat but Kohli said he had asked his men to stay calm as a partnership first developed between Starc and Pat Cummins and then Lyon looked taking the hosts home.In fact, Kohli even told Bumrah to stay calm as Australia edged closer to their target.”These things happen in Tests…you go through these ups and downs in a game. You need to just stay calm. The odds were stacked against them when we got Pat Cummins.”They fought really well but we executed our plans well and got that last wicket which we were intending to get,” Kohli said.Kohli said he was nervous as well as Australia’s tail wagged but he decided to not be too expressive.”I wouldn’t say I was cool as ice but you just try not to show it. Jasprit was getting worked up in his last over but I just told him to relax,” Kohli said.It’s not often India go in with only four specialist bowlers but they decided to bolster their batting after the failures in South Africa and England. Rohit Sharma was thus played at No.6 on a pitch that did not have much in it for the bowlers. In fact, the surface looked flat on the final day and it took a gutsy effort from India’s bowlers to snuff out the last few Australian wickets.”I am super proud.. to have four bowlers and take 20 wickets is a great achievement.. That’s something that we haven’t done in the past. It shows us that if the batsmen step up regularly, we will be gunning for a win in every Test match,” Kohli said.
Navdeep Saini is 26 and he is fast and furious. The strapping pacer from Haryana’s Karnal is one step closer to realising his dream after he was called up for the T20I and ODI series on the tour of West Indies starting August 3.Navdeep Saini, who can clock a speed of 150 kmph, was the second highest wicket-taker in the 5-match unofficial ODI series for India A in the West Indies. Saini has also impressed with his pace in his first IPL season and was the fastest among Indians, clocking 152.85 kmph, which was second only to South Africa’s Kagiso Rabada’s at 154.23 kph.Saini who has been a consistent performer in the domestic circuit, plays for the Royal Challengers Bangalore in the Indian Premier League. In the 2019 season, he picked 11 wickets in 13 matches, bowling 141 dot balls – needless to say, Saini was again among the top bowlers in the 12th season of the Indian Premier League.Till 2013, Navdeep Saini, had not played a lot of cricket with the leather ball. He used to play with tennis balls in his hometown and he would often earn Rs 200 per match.Few people know that Saini’s cricketing journey began after he was identified by former India opener Gautam Gambhir during a 15-minute net session. Those 15 minutes later proved to be a groundbreaking time for his career.Giving full credit to Gambhir for identifying his talent, Navdeep Saini said: “I can never forget Gautam bhaiya’s contribution in my career. It’s all because of him I’m here. Every time I do something, Gautam bhaiya’s name will always come.advertisement”After my family, it’s always Gautam bhaiya. I played nowhere, even in Haryana nobody knew me. It was Gautam bhaiya who brought me in and made me play for Delhi. Everybody knows about it now. The way he backed me and trusted in my abilities, I would never forget in my life,” he concluded.In the 2019 World Cup, Navdeep Saini was one of the net bowlers along with Khaleel Ahmed to provide practice to Indian batsmen in recently concluded World Cup 2019.Read more | Ashes 2019: Expect Usman Khawaja to be fully fit for first Test, says Tim PaineAlso see:
Lionel Messi Dybala: I’m lucky to watch Messi up close Dejan Kalinic Last updated 2 years ago 12:37 10/11/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Images Lionel Messi Argentina Ecuador v Argentina Ecuador WC Qualification South America World Cup Paulo Dybala The Barcelona star’s latest magical display impressed his Argentina team-mate, who lauded the star forward Argentina attacker Paulo Dybala described himself as “lucky” to be able to see the magic of Lionel Messi up close after his nation reached the World Cup.A sublime hat-trick from Messi saw Argentina to a come-from-behind 3-1 win over Ecuador in Quito on Tuesday.Having looked in danger of missing out on Russia 2018, the result saw Jorge Sampaoli’s men finish third in CONMEBOL qualifying. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina 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. Argentina 17/2 to win WCDybala, who was an unused substitute, was delighted to see Messi’s incredible display.”I am lucky to see him and have him so close,” the Juventus star said, via the team’s Twitter account.Lionel Messi just single-handedly sent Argentina to the World Cup with a hat-trick.Legendary. pic.twitter.com/4EkNU2BOP0— Goal (@goal) October 11, 2017The win was just Argentina’s seventh in qualifying, and they finished a distant 13 points behind group winners Brazil.Javier Mascherano urged his side to search for improvement before next year’s showpiece event.”We must analyse everything that has happened so far and improve,” he said.Uruguay and Colombia joined Brazil and Argentina in sealing automatic places, while Peru go into a play-off against New Zealand and South American champions Chile stunningly missed out altogether.
Share on Pinterest features 3) Gabriel Jesus disappoints as he spurns chancesIn dropping Sergio Agüero for the Brazilian, Guardiola traded a time‑proven lethal striker for an effervescent 20-year-old who had previously been No2 to the Argentinian. Jesus also has two goals fewer than Agüero’s 12 for City this season, and the way he spurned chances did not repay his manager’s trust. When put in by Raheem Sterling on one occasion, Jesus should have scored. Then a Fernandinho goal-bound shot hit him. There was a further scuffed attempt with the left boot and after 58 minutes Guardiola admitted his error by taking the Brazil striker off. But what must Agüero have thought when on came Eliaquim Mangala, a defender, for Jesus? The former’s crestfallen face at the final whistle spoke loudly.4) City’s centre-back axis is cause for concernRewind to early September and the league leaders’ glaring weakness in defence is shown up by a Liverpool who continually drove past Nicolás Otamendi with pace at the Etihad Stadium. Sadio Mané’s red card changed that contest and City scored five unanswered goals, yet here there was more evidence of the Argentinian’s fragility. So, too, regarding the injury‑ravaged Vincent Kompany, who was taken off at half‑time, as Fernandinho dropped to centre-back. Otamendi is a threat going forward, as was shown by his winner – a fifth goal of term – and hassling of Romelu Lukaku for David Silva’s opener, yet his mistake allowed Marcus Rashford’s equaliser. John Stones is unavailable with a hamstring problem, and if Kompany is ruled out again maybe City may finally prove vulnerable. Share on Messenger Share on Facebook Manchester City Share on LinkedIn Topics Premier League Sportblog Share on WhatsApp Late Olivier Giroud equaliser spares Arsenal against Southampton Read more 5) No Pogba, no punch, no midfield control After the Frenchman returned from a long layoff due to a hamstring injury Mourinho admitted his team are weakened severely without him. Yet after six games back Pogba was suspended for red card at Arsenal so in came Ander Herrera, with the manager hoped his earlier admission would not come back to haunt him. It did. Before and after Rashford’s finish United lacked any control in midfield, when what Pogba offers is this and more – domination. Herrera is just not able to run a contest like the 24-year-old France international and the contest shone up this deficiency. Herrera was also lucky not to concede a penalty when grappling with Otamendi and was later booked for an obvious dive near the same player in City’s area. Wayne Rooney penalty earns Everton unlikely derby point at Liverpool Share via Email 1) Is the title race over after this result?This 20th head-to-head meeting of the managers ended with José Mourinho on the wrong end of a defeat and Pep Guardiola the correct one. Indeed Manchester United lost for the first time in 40 matches at home, since Manchester City won at Old Trafford in last season’s corresponding fixture. Far more significant is City now lead by 11 points and whatever is said about there being 22 games and 66 points to play for, the title is there for Guardiola’s men to throw away. As Kevin De Bruyne had mentioned in the build-up, the victory means City have a near four-wins advantage and have now been victorious on the ground of the champions, Chelsea, and the current second-placed team. Unless the Catalan’s men implode he will claim City a third Premier League title in May.2) Released handbrake backfires for MourinhoWith the selection of Jesse Lingard, Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford behind Romelu Lukaku, Mourinho could not be accused of parking the bus. If this threw up the poser of whether the trio of attackers would prove to be too gung-ho, the way Rashford raced past Kyle Walker and drew an early yellow card from the right-back was one answer. Then, when Rashford tracked back to help Ashley Young along United’s left another was given. Lingard’s closing down of Walker near City’s right-hand corner flag was another and the way Rashford slotted the equaliser also suggested Mourinho’s decision may be prescient. Yet against a relentless City it all amounted to zero as the three – either together or individually – were unable to come at their opponents as Guardiola’s attack did. Read more Manchester United Share on Twitter Reuse this content
Mahela Jayawardene declines Sri Lanka Cricket’s World Cup offerA cricket committee featuring Mahela Jayawardene, Kumar Sangakkara and Aravinda de Silva had submitted a report on Sri Lankan cricket last year, only to be ignored.advertisement Indo-Asian News Service ColomboMay 26, 2019UPDATED: May 26, 2019 15:58 IST Jayawardene submitted plans to overhaul Sri Lanka’s domestic cricket sructure but all went in vain. (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSSri Lanka kick off their World Cup campaign against New Zealand on June 1Jayawardene retired in 2015 and Angelo Mathews took over as Sri Lankan captainJayawardene guided Mumbai Indians to their 4th IPL title this seasonFormer Sri Lanka skipper Mahela Jayawardene has declined to play a role in Sri Lanka’s World Cup campaign, saying he is disillusioned with the general state of the sport in the island nation.”I was (invited) but I have several other commitments. More than that, I didn’t understand the role I am expected to play,” Jayawardene was quoted by ESPNcricinfo as telling to the Sunday Times.”There’s no point in me getting involved tactically, or whatever, if I don’t have a say in the whole structure. The team is selected and everything is done and dusted. There is no room for me to come in and add something.”I am still happy to contribute in my little way with the management of the team, but nothing to do with the SLC. That’s something I have told myself as well. I just don’t have the appetite to come and work for anybody when I know that it’s not the right place for me.”Previously, Jayawardene submitted plans to overhaul Sri Lanka’s domestic cricket sructure but all went in vain.Last year, a committee featuring Jayawardene, Kumar Sangakkara and Aravinda de Silva had also submitted a report on Sri Lankan cricket, only to be ignored.”We created a professional cricketing structure spending eight months,” he said. “We offered to set it up for them but they rejected it. We did it because we don’t want to lose our cricketers going to Australia and to league cricket in England. We need those experienced players in our system.advertisement”There are some teams in our first class system where the average age is 25, which is sad. When we played, we had so many senior cricketers to guide us. Without them in our system, we cannot build a strong domestic cricket structure. And without doing that, there’s no point in building stadiums.”Jayawardene also came down heavily on the leadership of Angelo Mathews and Dinesh Chandimal, saying some of their decisions were responsible for the chopping in changing in captaincy.Since Jayawardene retired in 2015 and Mathews took over, Chandimal, Thisara Perera, Lasith Malinga, Chamara Kapugedara and – most-recently – Dimuth Karunaratne have held the reins.”The only advice (Kumar and I) gave Angelo was not to give in to cricket politics,” Jayawardene said.”He needs to be a stronger leader, to be with the players and do the right thing. But he gave in to cricket politics. He allowed other people to make decisions and did not stand up for his players. I am being honest. I have told him this as well and he accepts it. If he hadn’t give in, we would probably not be in this situation today. Even if I see him today, that’s the only complaint I will have against him.”The number one rule in Sri Lanka is, if you are the captain, lead by example and do not allow any outsiders coming into that setup. That’s the only way we ran the show and survived. It was unfortunate and it was not easy, either.”You need to deal with a lot of unwanted elements. But if you are a strong character, that’s something you have to do. I have nothing against him. He is a brilliant cricketer and a wonderful person but he did not handle this situation well. He should be the one who is leading this team at the World Cup. He had to give up because it was too much for him. But it was his fault.”I think (Chandimal) was another victim of cricket politics. In the sense, he was another player like Angelo Mathews who was snared to elements behind the scene and went along with them rather than taking control of the team and being a strong leader,” he added.Also Read | Unfancied Sri Lanka head to World Cup 2019 with hope for miracleAlso Watch: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 bySaurabh Kumar Tags :Follow World Cup 2019Follow Mahela Jayawardane
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Gurugram: If there is one word which can be described for the scale of victory for BJP in South Haryana constituencies of Faridabad and Gurugram, it will be massive. While in Gurugram, Rao Inderjit won with over three lakh fifty thousand votes in Faridabad, it was even higher for Kishan Pal Gurjar whose votes difference from his rival Avtar Singh Bhadana in Congress was over six lakh votes. Historically the trends in South Haryana seats of Gururgam and Faridabad decide what Haryana decides and it was no different this time. Also Read – Cylinder blast kills mother and daughter in Karawal NagarThe massive margin by which BJP won in Gurugram and Faridabad was reflected in the rest of the state as the saffron party achieved its best haul by winning almost all the seats. Co-incidentally just 10 years back, BJP did not have any standing in the state and had to rely on the alliance of regional parties for fighting polls. It was not supposed to be so simple for Rao Inderjit Singh who was contesting against Captain Ajay Singh Yadav, six-time MLA from Rewari. Yet, the 69-old old four-time MP from Gurugram Rao Inderjit not only bettered his previous record but in effect won by over three lakh fifty thousand votes. “I want to thank the voters of Gurugram who again laid their trust on me. I am committed for working towards their welfare,” said Rao Inderjit Singh, the Gurugram candidate. For the opposition, the situation was even worse in neighbouring Faridabad which competed with Karnal of how large the voting difference would be and will set the national record. Also Read – Two persons arrested for killing manager of Muthoot FinanceIn effect, Kishan Pal Gurjar extended his lead first to three lakh to five lakh and then a mammoth lead of six lakhs from his rival Avataar Singh Bhadana. Such was the wave that the AAP state President Naveen Jaihind who was contesting his second Lok Sabha elections lost his deposit for the second time. “People of Haryana are nationalist and this was reflected in these elections where people gave emphasis to national issues and in effect defeated dynasty and regionalism that was promoted by the opposition,” said Haryana Chief Minister ML Khattar.
OTTAWA – In one of his final speeches in the House of Commons, Liberal MP Arnold Chan — who died Thursday after a three-year battle with cancer — delivered earlier this summer a poignant appeal for civility and decency in politics. Here is an edited version of his remarks:—Mr. Speaker, I am so honoured to have so many honourable colleagues join us in the House today.I have not taken the floor in some time and I am going to ask you, Mr. Speaker and my colleagues on all sides of the aisle, for some indulgence today. I have every intention of speaking to the substantive motion before us, but before I do that, I have some matters of a personal nature that I have felt in my heart for some time and need to get out, and I am going to simply say them if the House would grant me that dispensation….First and foremost it is a tremendous honour to serve as the member for Scarborough-Agincourt. All of us treasure the privilege that we have serving in this particular place. I am so grateful to my constituents of Scarborough-Agincourt for having given me a mandate twice to serve in this wonderful place.While it is a very proud thing to serve as a member of Parliament, there is only one thing that makes me more proud and that is to simply let my parents know my greater pride is reserved for being first and foremost their son, and being Kevin’s brother, and most importantly, the spouse of my beloved wife, who has been there every step of the way. I simply could not ask for a better partner in life.As I mentioned, one of the difficult things that often confronts us, and it is not unique to Canadians but obviously it is a challenge for those of us who serve in public office, is the sacrifices that are made by our families. If I have any failings to my children, such as having missed some of their important milestones, like recently missing Ethan’s jazz concert at his school in order to perform my function here in the House of Commons, I ask them to forgive me, but I will explain the important reasons for why we do what we do.The most important people in my life have taught me three important lessons and they are the concepts of dedication, duty, and devotion. …Mr. Speaker, I wanted to get back to a more fundamental issue, one that has been raised a substantive number of times in the House, and that is how we comport ourselves.I am not sure how many more times I will have the strength to get up and do a 20-minute speech in this place, but the point I want to impart to all of us is that I know we are all honourable members, I know members revere this place and I would beg us to not only act as honourable members but to treat this institution honourably.To that extent I want to make a shout-out to our colleague, the member for Saanich-Gulf Islands (Green party Leader Elizabeth May). This parliamentarian, who despite the fact we are not in the same party and despite the fact that we may disagree on some substantive issues quite vehemently, I consider to be a giant, not simply because she exhorts us to follow Standing Order 18 but more importantly I have observed in her practice that she reveres this place. She is dedicated to her constituents. She practices, both here and in committee, the highest standard of practice that any parliamentarian could ask for. Despite strongly disagreeing, perhaps, with the position of the government of the day, she does so in a respectful tone. I would ask all of us to elevate our debate, to elevate our practice to that standard.It is only through that practice, which I believe she so eloquently demonstrates, that Canadians will have confidence in this democratic institution that we all hold so dear. It is important that we do that.The other thing that I wanted to speak broadly to is the practice of ditching what I call the ‘canned talking points.’ I am not perfect. I know that sometimes it takes some practice. There are instances where it is necessary for us to have the guidance and assistance of our staff, the ministries, and of our opposition research. However, I do not think it gives Canadians confidence in our debates in this place when we formulaically repeat those debates. It is more important that we bring the experience of our constituents here and impose it upon the question of the day, and ask ourselves how we get better legislation and how we make better laws.We can disagree strongly and in fact we should. That is what democracy is about. However, we should not just use the formulaic talking points. It does not elevate this place. It does not give Canadians confidence in what democracy truly means.The other thing I would simply ask all of our colleagues to consider is that while we debate and engage, what we are doing right now, when we listen, that we listen to one another, despite our strong differences. That is when democracy really happens. That is the challenge that is going on around the world right now. No one is listening. Everyone is just talking at once. We have to listen to each other. In so doing, we will make this place a stronger place.I have some comments that I want to speak broadly to Canadians … I believe strongly that despite what we see in this place, what gives us strength is the fact that we can actually do it. We can actually engage in this process without fundamental rancour, without fundamental disagreement and without violence. That is the difference, and that is why I so love this place.I would ask Canadians to give heart to their democracy, to treasure it and revere it. Of course, I would ask them to do the most basic thing, which is to cast their ballots. However, for me it is much more than that. I ask them for their civic engagement, regardless of what it actually may mean, whether it is coaching a soccer team or helping someone at a food bank. For me it can be even simpler than that.It is the basic common civility we share with each other that is fundamental. It is thanking our Tim Hortons server. It is giving way to someone on the road. It is saying thanks. It is the small things we collectively do, from my perspective, that make a great society, and to me, that is ultimately what it means to be a Canadian. We are so privileged to live in this country, because we have these small acts of common decency and civility that make us what we are. I would ask members to carry on that tradition, because that is the foundation of what makes Canada great.If I may quote the Constitution, it imbues peace, order, and good government. I would go to my friend from Lanark—Frontenac—Kingston, who would appreciate that particular point. We have much to be proud of, and I would simply ask us to celebrate this incredible institution. By doing those small acts, we will continue to uphold our Canadian democracy and the values that bind us together.
By Larissa BurnoufAPTN National NewsSASKATOON-A Saskachewan chief who hid a drunk driving charge weeks before he was elected to the post of leading the province’s biggest First Nations organization is refusing to step down despite growing calls for his resignation.Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations Chief Guy Lonechild recently pleaded guilty to drinking and driving and is facing a sentencing hearing on March 23 in provincial court.Lonechild was charged weeks before he was elected to lead the federation, but he kept the incident hidden from the chiefs who cast the votes.Lonechild faced immediate opposition at the opening of the federation’s annual assembly Wednesday when a vote was held to prevent him from giving the opening address.The assembly went into a four-hour in camera session and Lonechild emerged saying he was still chief.“I am still the chief of the federation,” said Lonechild. “I believe the FSIN will emerge a stronger governing body as a result of the ongoing discussions.”Behind the scenes, however, machinations continued to push Lonechild out. A petition was circulated and reportedly signed by 30 chiefs calling on Lonechild to resign.The petition, however, was ignored and it appears Lonechild is being protected by the federation’s complex process for the removal of a chief which requires $1,000, a band council resolution and other paperwork from 25 bands before a non-confidence vote can be triggered. A vote of non-confidence needs the support of at least 35 chiefs for it to succeed.The issue is dividing chiefs.Lonechild, who appeared with supporters and family to face the media, said some chiefs backing his position say the matter is a personal one.“This was a personal issue that happened before I was chief of the FSIN,” said Lonechild, skirting the fact he was charged shortly before he was elected.Other chiefs are saying he should go.Chief Felix Thomas, the head of the Saskatoon Tribal Council, said Lonechild should step aside.“Our feelings are still such that we would not support him as the federation chief, and kindly ask him not to speak on our behalf,” Thomas told local radio station CKOM.
APTN National NewsIt’s a surprise to no one Aboriginal peoples do not fare well compared to others.A new report pinpoints it down to the statistics.The numbers indicate Aboriginal peoples continue to face hardships on a level non-Aboriginal people do not in the areas of education, employment, economic well-being, health and housing.“It’s not news to anyone, the dice are loaded against Aboriginal people in Canada,” said David Gollob, a spokesman for the Canadian Human Rights Commission that released the report Entitled Equality Rights Data Report on Aboriginal People.Based primarily on Statistics Canada data between 2005-2010, the report confirms Aboriginal peoples, compared to non-Aboriginal people, make less money, are more likely to collect employment insurance and social assistance, as well face physical, emotional or sexual abuse.“If you’re born as an Aboriginal person in Canada today you face conditions of disadvantage that do not reflect a society to which there is a state of equality,” said Gollob.The report also shows Aboriginal peoples are more likely to be victims of violent crimes, be put in prison and less likely to be granted parole.The commission hopes their report will be used as a reference point for stakeholders and government departments moving forward.For more information the report can be found here.
THE HAGUE, Netherlands — Ride hailing firm Uber is raising the minimum age of its drivers in the Netherlands and taking other measures to increase road safety after a recent series of fatal accidents involving Uber drivers.Uber Nederland General Manager Thijs Emondts says in a statement Monday that the company is lifting the minimum age of drivers from 18 to 21 years.Uber also will insist that drivers have at least one year’s driving experience and will develop a mandatory traffic safety training course for all drivers under the age of 25.Rob Stomphorst, a spokesman for road safety organization Safe Traffic the Netherlands, says four people have died in recent weeks in crashes involving Dutch Uber cars. He says the circumstances of the crashes remain under investigation.Uber’s Dutch arm did not immediately return calls seeking comment.The Associated Press
Rabat- Nasser Bourita has said, during the Global Counterterrorism Forum (GCTF), that the number of global terrorist attacks decreased by 20 percent in 2017.Morocco’s foreign minister Nasser Bourita and his Dutch counterpart Stef Blok co-chaired the 9th GCTF Ministerial Plenary Meeting on Wednesday in New York, on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly.Bourita pointed out that the number of terrorist attacks in the world was estimated at 10,900 attacks in 2017 which caused the death of 18,488 victims, down 20 percent compared to 2016. Bourita stated, according to Maghreb Arab Press (MAP), that member countries must take effective measures against the “misuse” of online social networks to promote extremist propaganda.“Our approach must remain strategic, with a long-term perspective that goes beyond territorial victories to face the foundations of terrorist and extremist ideologies,” he said.Bourita also warned of the threat that repatriated fighters and their families represent, calling for “extreme and continued vigilance” to detect actions such as incitement of people to carry out terrorist attacks.Bourita said that more attention should be paid to regions such as the Middle East, North Africa, South and Southeast Asia and sub-Saharan Africa. The five regions were the target of 93 percent of the attacks in 2017.Read Also: King Mohammed VI: ‘Religious Coexistence is Real in Morocco’New GTCF initiatives against terrorismThe GCTF meeting produced two new GTCF documents for two current initiatives on fighting homegrown terrorism and handling the returning families of terrorist fighters. Morocco and the US will co-lead an “Initiative on Improving Capabilities for Detecting and Interdicting Terrorist Travel through Enhanced Terrorist Screening and Information Sharing.” The initiative was agreed on during the meeting. The terrorist travel initiative aims to help countries combat terrorist travel through the use of “Advance Passenger Information (API), Passenger Name Record (PNR) data, watchlists, and biometrics.” Morocco and the US have been allies in combating terrorism, especially within the framework of GCTF.In its newest Country Reports on Terrorism, the US Department of State praised Morocco’s efforts to combat terror threats globally, reiterating that the North African country has a “comprehensive counterterrorism strategy that includes vigilant security measures, regional and international cooperation.”In January 2018, the US Department of Defense gave Morocco arms equipment worth $18 million to reinforce the country’s special forces units combating terrorism, in light of the threat ISIS poses to North African countries. The US allocated $60 million as security assistance to allies in the MENA region.Meanwhile, the US and Germany will co-lead the initiative to “Counter Unmanned Aerial System Threats” to raise awareness of the “growing” threat that drones pose and make plans to tackle those threats.According to the US Department of State, “Both initiatives will produce a set of non-binding good practice documents for endorsement at the GCTF Ministerial in 2019.”The GCTF is a apolitical and multilateral counter terrorism platform launched on September 22, 2011, in New York. The objective of GCTF is to develop a strategic approach to counterterrorism and prevent the violent extremist ideologies supporting terrorism.
Rabat – 2018 was a year full of big events in Morocco that impacted the political, social, and economic aspects of Moroccans’ lives. The events from 2018 listed below were major news in Morocco.April: BoycottMany Moroccans started a national campaign on April 20 to boycott three major companies in Morocco: Centrale Danone dairy, Sidi Ali bottled water, and Afriquia gas stations. The campaign aimed to speak out against rising commodity prices. The boycott lasted through the spring and early summer and negatively impacted the earnings of the companies it targeted. The main actor in the Moroccan dairy sector, Centrale Danone, experienced the largest loss this year. In September, Central Danone, which was the company most responsive to the campaign, decided to cut milk prices by 30 centimes, selling a 470-milliliter milk carton at MAD 3.20 instead of MAD 3.50.June: 2018 World Cup in Russia and 2026 bidAfter 20 years of not qualifying for the FIFA World Cup, the Moroccan team participated in 2018 World Cup in Russia (June 14-July 15) bringing joy and enthusiasm to Moroccan fans. Unfortunately, Moroccans did not achieve full happiness because the Atlas Lions were eliminated in the group stage.Morocco was placed in Group C which included Iran and two strong teams: Spain and Portugal.However, the Moroccan team played great games in the last two matches against Portugal and Spain after losing the first match to Iran (0-1) with an own goal. FIFA used video assistant referee (VAR) technology for the first time in the 2018 World Cup. Several football teams and fans were not satisfied with the “unjust” use of VAR throughout the Russia tournament due to the alleged mistakes referees made in using VAR.Morocco complained that VAR was not used to judge fouls in Morocco’s favor in its Portugal game (0-1), but the technology was used to allow an equalizer for Spain in Morocco’s last game (2-2).One day before the start of the 2018 World Cup games, Morocco lost its bid to host FIFA’s 2026 World Cup disappointing many Moroccans. Only 65 countries voted for Morocco’s bid to the 134 countries which voted for the United (North American) bid at the 68th FIFA Congress in Moscow.Many Moroccans were surprised that some Arab countries—Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, the UAE, Jordan, Iraq, Bahrain, and Lebanon—voted against Morocco. Morocco, however, was able to count on the support of Algeria, Tunisia, Qatar, Syria, Egypt, Palestine, Yemen, and Oman.Read Also: Top Moroccan Achievers of 2018June: Hirak Rif trialOn June 26, the judge of Casablanca’s Appeals Court pronounced sentences in the case of 53 detained Hirak Rif activists. The Hirak Rif leader, Nasser Zefzafi, received 20 years in prison. Other leaders of the protest movement, such as Nabil Ahemjik, El Boustati, and Samir Ghid, received the same heavy sentence.The court sentenced dozens of other Hirak activists to between 1 and 15 years in prison. The court convicted most of the activists of “undermining the internal security of the state” and “preparing a conspiracy against internal security,” following their participation in protests which broke out in the northern Al Hoceima province in 2016 and 2017. Many citizens condemned the sentences because they found them “very heavy and unfair.” Zefzafi was also selected as one of the three finalists of the EU’s Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought.August: Reintroduction of compulsory military serviceOn August 20, the Moroccan Council of Ministers approved a draft bill to reintroduce mandatory military service. The delegate minister in charge of the National Defense Administration, Abdellatif Loudiyi, introduced the bill, saying it aims to “promote the spirit of sacrifice and self denial.” Many Moroccan youth and activists opposed “the legislative speed” which accelerated the ministerial council’s approval of Bill 44.18 “unlike other more important laws that have not been adopted yet.” Some Moroccan intellectuals stressed the need for the government to open public dialogue to discuss all aspects surrounding the mandatory military service.However, the government did not hold public hearings on the bill. On December 26, the House of Representatives in Parliament passed Law 44.18 at a plenary session. The bill has not yet been passed in the upper house.Both men and women aged 19 to 25 would be subject to 12 months of military service. Beginning in September 2019, 10,000 young people are expected to begin service in the military each year.September: Implementation of Law 103-13 on gender-based discriminationSeptember 12, 2018, was a historic day for Moroccan women, as the Moroccan court implemented Law 103-13 on eliminating violence against women.It took the government six years of consultation and public debate to pass the law published in the official gazette in February 2018. The law then went into effect on September 12.The law on the elimination of violence against women provides women the ability to file complaints of sexual harassment and ensures harassers receive harsher punishments.According to the law, people who sexually harass in public spaces, by use of words, acts or signals of a sexual nature for sexual purposes, can receive prison sentences ranging from one to six months and fines from MAD 2,000 to 10,000.Perpetrators of cybercrime, such as sexual blackmail, could face one to three years in prison and a fine ranging from MAD 1,000 to 20,000 if found guilty.Moroccan women have expressed positive feelings about the law, which defines any act of violence and harassment as a crime. But for some activists, the implications of the law are still vague since women do not know exactly what they should do if they are harassed.The activists assert that the “law has to put into place the implementing mechanisms.”Read Also: In Memoriam: Moroccan Celebrities Who Died in 2018October: Bouknadel train accidentOn October 16, a train heading to Kenitra from Casablanca derailed in Bouknadel, near Rabat, at about 10:30 in the morning. The accident killed 7 people, including the train’s engineer, and injured at least 125 people.After an investigation, the public prosecutor of Sale’s Court of First Instance blamed the driver for going 158 kilometers per hour.Many Moroccans expressed rage against ONCF, Morocco’s state-owned railway company, blaming it for the accident after a recording of a conversation between ONCF employees blaming faulty tracks, improper signage, and speeding went viral.October: GMT+1 year-round On October 26, the government adopted Draft Decree 2.18.855, adding 60 minutes to the standard time in Morocco, moving Morocco to GMT+1 year-round.The government adopted the change overnight, only two days before Morocco was set to turn back the clocks one hour with the end of Daylight Saving Time (DST) October 28. The government’s last-minute decision to maintain GMT+1 year-round was based on “an evaluation study.” The decision, which according to the government was “a sovereign decision,” angered many Moroccan people who raised questions about whether a study was ever conducted.Many Moroccans took to social media to reject the move and express their worries about the long-term effects of the decision.October: UN Security Council’s Resolution 2440 On October 31, the UN Security Council adopted Resolution 2440 which extended the mandate of the UN mission, MINURSO, in Western Sahara for 6 months for the second time since 2008. The mandate had traditionally been extended for 12 months. The resolution mentioned Algeria for the first time since 2002 and since the start of the political process in the Western Sahara conflict.For the first time since 2012, the four parties in the conflict took part in a roundtable discussion. Morocco, Algeria, Polisario, and Mauritania all participated in the Geneva round-table December 5-6 to discuss a framework for negotiations. November: King Mohammed VI’s call for dialogue with Algeria In an unprecedented speech, King Mohammed VI showed a willingness to open the border with Algeria with “no need for third-party mediation.”On the 43rd anniversary of the Green March on November 6, the King expressed Morocco’s readiness for “direct and frank dialogue with Algeria to settle the transient and objective differences impeding the development of relations between the two countries.” He suggested the countries set up a joint political mechanism for dialogue and consultation.Many international officials ,such as UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres and former US Assistant Secretary of State P.J. Crowley, lauded King Mohammed VI’s call. The African Union also praised the King’s offer.Countries like the US, Spain, France, the UAE, Qatar, Jordan, and Tunisia all backed Morocco’s dialogue initiative.However, Algeria has not officially responded to the King’s dialogue offer yet. Several sources from Algeria spoke anonymously about the Moroccan offer to the press. One anonymous source said that King Mohammed VI’s offer is “questionable” and “not sincere.”Read Also: Ali Squalli, Moroccan National Anthem Writer, Man of 2018November: Launch of first high speed train in AfricaOn November 15, King Mohammed VI and French President Emmanuel Macron inaugurated Africa’s first high speed train (LGV) in Morocco, named Al-Boraq.The high speed train links Tangier and Casablanca in two hours and 10 minutes instead of the normal five-hour train ride. The train also makes stops in Kenitra and Rabat. The trip from Tangier to Kenitra now takes 50 minutes, while the trip from Tangier to Rabat takes 80 minutes.Morocco received loans from several countries, foreign companies, and financial institutions to construct the LGV, which cost €2 billion.Morocco’s railway company, ONCF, set promotion prices for passengers under certain conditions.Some Moroccans and MPs opposed the LGV, saying the country has more important priorities. They stressed the need to improve the already existing railway network and trains. They also called on the government and ONCF to extend the railway network to other parts of Morocco in the south and southeast.November: Launch of Mohammed VI-B satellite into orbitOn November 21, the French Arianespace satellite launching company launched into orbit the new Mohammed VI-B satellite from the Vega Launch Complex in Kourou, French Guiana.The Mohammed VI-B is the second satellite of Morocco’s Mohammed VI – A and B program to orbit. Mohammed VI-A was launched in 2017 and cost €500 million.The Mohammed VI-B satellite is capable of taking up to 1,000 images per day with a resolution of up to 70 centimeters and will be circulating in the same orbit as the first satellite, 620 kilometers above the earth.The satellite will be mainly used for mapping, surveillance, and agricultural activities. It will help with “prevention and management of natural disasters, monitoring changes in the environment and desertification, as well as border and coastal surveillance.”December: Imlil Murders Unfortunately, 2018 ended with a horrible double murder after terrorists murdered two young Scandinavian women near Imlil, 90 kilometers south of Marrakech in the Atlas Mountains. The crime took place on December 17 against Danish tourist Louisa Vesterager Jespersen and Norwegian tourist Maren Ueland who came to the area to camp near Mount Toubkal.Shocked and horrified by the act of terror, Moroccans condemned the murder and expressed sympathy for the victims’ families on social media, on the streets, and in front of the Norwegian and Danish embassies in Morocco.Moroccan authorities have arrested 23 suspects in connection with the murder. The first four appeared in a video online pledging allegiance to ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. Police arrested the latest suspect, a man of dual Swiss and Spanish citizenship, on December 29.According to a statement from the general prosecutor, 15 suspects in the Imlil murder appeared before the investigating judge at Rabat’s Court of Appeals on December 30.
MINNEAPOLIS — An attorney for JD.com founder Richard Liu said Monday that surveillance video showing the Chinese businessman in an elevator and walking arm-in-arm with a woman who has accused him of rape provides a different account of what happened that night.Two edited videos of Liu and his accuser were posted Monday to a Chinese social media site. One video shows the pair leaving a group dinner in Minneapolis on Aug. 30, with the woman getting up to leave after Liu gets up, then following him out the door. The other video shows the woman holding onto Liu’s arm as they walk to her apartment, where she says he raped her as she begged him to stop.Liu, founder of the Beijing-based e-commerce site JD.com, was arrested Aug. 31 in Minneapolis on suspicion of felony rape, but prosecutors announced in December that he would face no criminal charges because the case had “profound evidentiary problems” and it was unlikely they could prove his guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.The woman, Jingyao Liu, a Chinese college student at the University of Minnesota, sued the businessman and his company last week. She alleged she was groped in Richard Liu’s limousine and raped in her apartment after a dinner at Origami, a Japanese restaurant in Minneapolis, in which she felt pressured to drink as Liu and other executives toasted her. At one point, Richard Liu said she would dishonour him if she did not join in, the lawsuit says.Richard Liu and Jingyao Liu are not related.It’s not clear who posted the videos, which were posted on Weibo under an account for Mingzhou Events. The clips are short and the content is edited, but Richard Liu’s attorneys in China confirmed their authenticity. The videos do not contain audio, and they do not show what happened in his limousine or in the woman’s apartment.Jill Brisbois, Richard Liu’s attorney in Minnesota, said in a statement to The Associated Press that the clips “further dispel the misinformation and false claims that have been widely circulated and clearly support the Hennepin County Attorney’s Office decision not to file charges against our client.”Brisbois said the videos speak for themselves and show events as they are happening. While the woman has alleged she was impaired and coerced to drink, she appears to be walking without assistance and linking her arm with the businessman.The law firm of Florin Roebig, which is representing the woman, said the clips that have been posted online, as well as the full surveillance videos, are consistent with what the woman alleged in her lawsuit and with what she told law enforcement. The lawsuit says the woman went to her apartment building with Liu to be polite and respectful, and believed he was simply walking her to the door.The clip in Jingyao Liu’s apartment complex shows Richard Liu and the woman walking through multiple lobbies and taking multiple elevators. Initially, Richard Liu’s female assistant is with them and the woman leads the way. At one point, the assistant does not get on an elevator with Richard Liu and the woman, and when they exit the elevator, she has her hand through his arm and he has his hands in his pockets.She leads him up a short stairway, then through another set of doors and continues to link her hand through his arm. As they get off another elevator, she leads him down a hallway to an apartment. She opens the door and goes in, and Richard Liu follows.The other clip features surveillance video from the end of the dinner at Origami. It shows Jingyao Liu seated at a table with other men, and Richard Liu is a few seats away, appearing to have an animated conversation with others at the table. One man at the dinner party is slumped over and appears to be passed out. The woman is seen talking to the man next to her, and when Liu gets up to leave, she gets up and appears to follow him. They walk out next to each other. Video from outside the restaurant shows her leaving with Richard Liu and his assistant.Richard Liu walks ahead and it appears the woman and Liu’s assistant have a brief conversation, then she follows Liu.Text messages previously reviewed by The Associated Press and portions of the woman’s interviews with police show the woman alleges Liu pulled her into a limousine and made advances and groped her despite her protests. The lawsuit says Liu forcibly raped her at her apartment, again over her protests and resistance. She texted a friend: “I begged him don’t. But he didn’t listen.”The alleged attack happened while Richard Liu was in Minneapolis for a weeklong residency as part of the University of Minnesota’s doctor of business administration China program. The four-year program in the university’s management school is geared toward high-level executives in China and is a partnership with Tsinghua University School of Economics and Management.Jingyao Liu is a Chinese citizen studying at the university on a student visa and was a volunteer in the doctorate program while Richard Liu was there. The Associated Press does not generally name alleged victims of sexual assault without their consent, but the Florin Roebig law firm has said she agreed to be named. She was 21 at the time of the alleged attack.Richard Liu, known in Chinese as Liu Qiangdong, is a prominent member of the Chinese tech elite, with a fortune of $7.5 billion. He is part of a generation of entrepreneurs who have created China’s internet, e-commerce, mobile phone and other technology industries since the late 1990s. The son of peasants, Liu built a Beijing electronics shop into JD.com, China’s biggest online direct retailer, selling everything from clothes to toys to fresh vegetables.___Follow Amy Forliti on Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/amyforlitiAmy Forliti, The Associated Press