Sourav Ganguly joins Mudgal committee probe

first_imgFormer India captain Sourav GangulyFormer India captain Sourav Ganguly has joined the Supreme Court-appointed Justice (Retd) Mukul Mudgal committee probing the allegations of betting and spot-fixing in the sixth Indian Premier League.Ganguly on Tuesday specially flew down here to attend the proceedings as the full committee met for the first time.”Yes, Sourav joined the investigations today. It was the first time after his appointment that we met in person. The meeting took place at my office and I would like to think that discussions were indeed very fruitful,” Justice Mudgal said.”We had already sent the relevant documents that Sourav would have required to study before our meeting. He came well prepared. Beyond that I am not in a position to divulge anymore information. From now on any meeting of the committee will be held in my office,” he said.Other members in the committee are Additional Solicitor General L. Nageswara Rao, senior advocate Niloy Datta and senior IPS officer B.B. Mishra.The Supreme Court had directed the probe committee to take a cricketer of ‘impeccable integrity’ on board to assist them on the cricketing matters related to the scandal.Ganguly was the obvious choice as most of his other contemporaries like Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid, VVS Laxman and Anil Kumble are all part of various IPL franchises.Ganguly, who played IPL till 2012, is well conversant with modern-day game and is widely regarded as one of the finest cricket brains in the country.The former skipper, however, has a packed schedule and will leave for England later this month to do television commentary during the five-Test series involving India.advertisementlast_img read more

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RS-FAREWELL 4

first_imgThe Goods and Services Tax (GST) Bill also figuredThe Goods and Services Tax (GST) Bill also figured with Prime Minister Narendra Modi ruing that Rajya Sabha did not approve the biggest indirect tax reform measure since independence in this session.The MPs lost out on an opportunity to be part of a historic move that would have immensely benefited the states, he said.In his speech, Congress leader Anand Sharma blamed the ideological differences for the delay in passage of some bills saying these had led to stalling of the GST bill for years when the UPA was in power.UPA had piloted the GST bill but BJP-ruled states like Gujarat had opposed the draft.BSP Chief Mayawati said the government should bring the GST Bill during the next session and assured support of her party.Chandan Mitra (BJP) said the Rajya Sabha, with the vast experience and knowledge of its members, can act as a “intellectual fountainhead” to Lok Sabha and state assemblies. “There should be some scope for debating key issues,” he said, adding that the Upper House should have had debates on the meaning of nationalism as well as prominent issues like wildlife and environment.The BJP leader said he has learnt a lot ever since he first became a member of the Upper House in 2003 and is retiring after two terms. He concluded his speech with a poem written by Urdu poet Faiz.K P Ramalingam (DMK) said he represented the farmers and called for having a separate budget for the agriculture sector.advertisementV Hanumantha Rao (Cong) thanked his leadership for providing an opportunity to represent the backward classes. He also raised issues pertaining to development of Andhra Pradesh and sought their early resolution. (MORE) PTI SKC RTlast_img read more

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Diverse technologies enable electric vehicle fast charging systems

first_img August 14, 2019 at 3:10 pm “Thanks for catching that! It’s been corrected. “ Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Power “The link EDN:”Electric Vehicle charging: How technology and smart engineering will make our electric future possible.” Seems to be broken, it comes back to the same page.” The number of electric vehicles (EVs) and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (HEVs) is, at present, low compared to internal combustion engine vehicles. However, the switch to HEVs and EVs is accelerating. Forecasts are looking at about 40% growth by 2020, to 30.3 million vehicles from about 4.2 million vehicles in 2017. Numbers vary among reports, but all predict that in the next years we will see incredible growth in HEVs and EVs. The switch to electric is a quiet country lane today that will become a six-lane highway tomorrow.The speed of that transformation depends on many factors. Currently, two of the biggest limitations are a lack of vehicle charging infrastructure and the time it takes drivers to charge their cars. That’s why developing a network of DC fast charging stations is so important.Surprisingly, the growth in DC fast charging stations is modest because hybrid-electric cars do not use DC charging and because not all completely electric cars are able to use fast charging. By 2023, experts predict there will be 2,000 DC fast charging stations, of which very few will be truly fast, having more than 50 kW of charging power.Nevertheless, these charging stations will have an outsized impact on the electronics industry. The number of power semiconductors in a DC fast charging stations is so large that, even with low numbers of units, the total market for power semiconductor devices could reach more than 120 million devices by 2030. The growth rate for charging systems is expected to explode around 2030, and so the market for power semiconductor devices and associated components is expected to grow exponentially.Figure 1 DC charging systems use a variety of circuit protection and power semiconductor technologies. Driving growth Governmental regulation and legislation are driving this growth, as leaders in the United States, China and Europe push the switch to HEVs and EVs to meet the goals of CO2 reduction and higher fuel efficiency standards.Consumers seem ready. The limited driving range on a single charge has been a challenge to consumer adoption. But battery technology has been improving in the past several years. Battery charging capacity and power density are increasing at the same time battery cost is falling. With batteries becoming lighter and more powerful, we are seeing new electric cars with a driving range of 300 miles and even more, very close to the range of combustion engine cars. That’s sparking adoption.Another enabling technology has been the emergence of silicon carbide and gallium nitride power semiconductor devices and modules. EV charging stations at 50 kW and higher need high efficiency power conversion. Every percentage of power loss creates an engineering challenge in how to deal with the heat dissipation.Imagine that a consumer wants to charge his or her car at a DC fast charging station capable of delivering more than 50 kW. This involves extremely high levels of current and therefore losses in the charging cable overheating it. This means that designs will need cooling for the cable, a complexity that is not required for the older generation of charging stations.The physics are driving the industry to seek new technologies that offer higher power efficiency during power conversion. Design engineers are embracing Wide Band Gap (WBG) power semiconductor devices because those technologies lower power loss. SiC devices in particular have become very reliable and more affordable, and that is helping to enable the switch to electric vehicles.Figure 2 SiC MOSFETs and Schottky diodes, like these from Littelfuse, are designed for EV charging applications by offering low power switching loss. Leave a Reply Cancel reply You must Register or Login to post a comment. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed. 2 thoughts on “Diverse technologies enable electric vehicle fast charging systems” Caio Gubel says: Stephen.Evanczuk says: Continue Reading Previous Smart data: The next frontier in the IoTNext Arrow teams with ADLINK and Microsoft to enable faster deployment of Industrial IoT solutions Log in to Reply August 13, 2019 at 6:35 pm Log in to Reply last_img read more

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Bangladesh vs West Indies: Pacer Shannon Gabriel suspended for second Test in Mirpur

first_imgWest Indies paceman Shannon Gabriel will miss the second Test against Bangladesh due to a code of conduct breach in the opening match in Chittagong, the International Cricket Council (ICC) said on Friday.The apex body of international cricket found Gabriel guilty of making inappropriate and deliberate physical contact with Bangladesh batsman Imrul Kayes in the eighth over of the ongoing first Test on Thursday.The 30-year-old was fined 30 percent of his match fee and handed two demerit points, taking his tally to five, after he picked up three during a home Test against Pakistan in April 2017.As per ICC regulations, Gabriel has reached the four demerit point threshold over a two-year period which results in a one-Test suspension.Also read: 1st Test – Bangladesh take 133-run lead vs West Indies as 17 wickets tumble on Day 2Despite his altercation with Kayes, Gabriel picked up four wickets during Bangladesh’s first innings as the hosts were dismissed for 324.The suspension from the Mirpur Test, which starts on November 30, comes as an additional blow for a West Indies attack already missing the injured Jason Holder.Following the two-match Test series, West Indies and Bangladesh play three one-day internationals and three Twenty20 matches next month.Meanwhile, Bangladesh reached stumps at 55-5 on day two of the second cricket Test against West Indies after a day in which 17 wickets tumbled and Nayeem Hasan became the youngest bowler to take a five-wicket haul on debut.Also read: 1st Test – Mominul equals Kohli’s 2018 record as Bangladesh on Day 1 advertisementBangladesh resumed Friday at 315-8 in its first innings and was dismissed for 324 in the fifth over. Nayeem then took 5-61 as West Indies was bowled out for 246 in 64 overs, giving Bangladesh a 78-run first-innings lead.At 17 years and 356 days, Nayeem lowered the record set by Australian paceman Pat Cummins who was 18 years and 193 days when he took 6-79 against South Africa in 2011.But the action didn’t stop there, with left-arm spinner Jomel Warrican (2-22) and off-spinner Roston Chase (2-16) doing most of the damage for the West Indies on a deteriorating pitch against the Bangladesh top order.At stumps, Mushfiqur Rahim was batting on 11 and Mehidy Hasan had faced nine balls without scoring, and Bangladesh had an overall lead of 133 runs.(With agency inputs)last_img read more

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Australian Open: Prajnesh enters final round of qualifiers, Ankita, Ramkumar bow out

first_imgIn-form Prajnesh Gunneswaran inched closer to his maiden Grand Slam appearance with another straight-set win but Ankita Raina and Ramkumar Ramanathan were ousted from the Australian Open Qualifiers after suffering narrow defeats, here [Melbourne] Thursday.Prajnesh, seeded sixth, got the better of Spain’s Enrique Lopez Perez 6-3, 6-3 in the men’s singles second round.”I played a better match than yesterday [Wednesday] and remained solid throughout. I broke three times and there were not too many games where my serve was in danger. I played good mentally as well,” Prajnesh told PTI.”I did the right things, attacked when I got chances. Looking forward to the final round tomorrow,” he added.The world number 112 will next take on Japan’s Yosuke Watanaki, ranked 192 in the world.If Prajnesh wins tomorrow’s [Friday] match, it will be his first main draw competition at a Grand Slam. He unfortunately missed out on playing at 2018 French Open when as a lucky loser he made the main draw but since he had left Paris and entered a Challenger tournament, he missed out on the chance.Injured Yuki Bhambri had played in all four Grand Slam main draws in 2018.Placed 132 in the world rankings, Ramkumar played a very close match before losing 7-5 5-7 6-7(6) to Germany’s Rudolf Molleker, ranked 207.”I served well in the match and had a break point at 3-3 in the final set but missed the backhand down the line. It was just a few inches wide. You have to take those chances,” rued Ramkumar.advertisementIn the women’s singles, Asian Games bronze medallist Ankita also had a one-set advantage but went down 6-4 2-6 4-6 to Spain’s 29th seed Paula Badosa Gibert, world number 142.”I tried to play attacking tennis but I felt I slowed down a bit in the second set. I was aggressive again in the third. But the girl (opponent) was serving big today which was the deciding factor,” said Raina.Also Read | Tricky draw for Federer as Swiss legend eyes hat-trick in MelbourneAlso Read | Indian-origin boy to spin the toss coin in Australian Open 4th roundAlso Read | Federer, Serena favourites to win 2019’s 1st Grand Slam tournamentlast_img read more

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REYNOLDS SIGNS SCHOOL SPORTS CONCUSSION BILL INTO LAW

first_imgIowa Gov. Kim Reynolds has signed a bill requiring schools to adopt return-to-play rules for students who may have concussions.The new law received bipartisan support from both legislative chambers.Schools will be required to adopt medical review protocols.Those protocols were first developed in 2013 by the associations that oversee high school athletics in Iowa.Most schools already followed the protocols, but they have been optional until now.Legal liability will be limited for schools that choose to have a health care provider present at games.The nonpartisan Legislative Services Agency says the law is expected to result in “minimal” costs for schools.last_img read more

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Notes On Mike Gundy’s Baylor Press Conference

first_imgCoach was sporting the Bronc Rider shirt as he previewed Baylor. He also talked about the running game, our deep threats, some incredibly awkward moments on the Walterscheid family, the Gullet and awesome remarks on his feelings on patriotism.Opening Remarks• “The Pitt game was kind of what we thought. So we’re looking forward to a good week of practice, and getting ready to travel down to Waco play good Baylor football team. “Dealing with Baylor• “They’ll be a real challenge for us. They’re the exact same in all three phases scheme-wise as what they have been over the last few years.”• Are there any different with Briles not there? “You wouldn’t know. When you watch them on tape they look the exact same as they did the last few years.” Great…• How important is it to get off to a fast start on the road? “Anytime you’re on the road you want to try and start quick, minimize the crowd. You want to be able to run the football well. Just like any game, you want to start fast and you don’t want to play flat.”• “I think they’ve increased the excitement down there with their stadium sitting on the river, I would guess.”• It doesn’t seem like Baylor’s been tested. “This is where they’ve been from a schedule standpoint. We haven’t played them this early in a while…and it’s (their soft schedule) been talked about. Unfortunately, for a lot of us in this league, it wasn’t a factor. Very similar to what they have been in the last few years.”• How do you handle Seth Russell? “Well, just what they’ve done the last few years. They’re going to try and pound you running the football, they’re really good at it. And, as soon as you get down in there and watch him, they’re going to try and throw it over your head. The guys that have played there in that system have been very accurate on throwing the deep balls.”•  What is it that’s so explosive about Baylor’s offense? “Well, it’s eight-man football, right? You take two guys or three guys and put them as far as you can on the sideline and then you’ve got to match up, so it’s your eight vs. our eight. It’s a pretty simple process; it’s just not easy to defend.”• What’s the downside to doing that? “Not sure right now. Hasn’t been much over the last three years. It’s (Baylor’s offense) is gaining ground. If you look at it from the football standpoint, it’s really the veer offense essentially, with eight people involved with a little bit of throwing game depending on what the safeties do. It’s a rushing offense. They’ll throw it over your head a few times, but it’s a rushing offense.”• What do you make of Baylor’s slow starts this season? “Last year when they played SMU they had the same results in the first quarter. They have schemes on offense that they can hang out for a while and then, you know, I change the channel, and you look back and it was 12-6 and now it’s 34-6. That’s the style of play they give you with their offense.”On Mason and the Running Game• “Oklahoma State traditionally kind of goes as their quarterback goes. He plays good, we usually do pretty well. He’s matured and he understands. I thought he missed three, maybe four throws last week. But overall his reads and where he was with the football was a pretty high percentage.”• You’ve said you’re ‘one guy away’ from making big strides in the running game. Do you still think that? “Not ‘big strides.’ I’ve always been hesitant. I’ve said ‘we’re making strides.’ We had four plays where six guys were blocking the right guy and one guy was blocking the wrong guy.”• “Our missed assignments with the blockers has been fewer this year than it has been over the last two years, per average, per game. And that’s covering guys up, that’s taking a step in the right direction. Then the skill guys have to make plays.”• Mason continually said in the postgame, “We rushed for four touchdowns.” What about that? “Any improvement that we make in the running game is big to us right now as an offense. I think our players understand that, even the quarterback. He understands the importance of us being able to run the football because that allows him to be successful throwing.”• How would you summarize Rennie’s career? “He’s had a lot of highs and lows. I told him Saturday, when he had that really nice run…he made the corner miss and he took off and outran him for 70 yards. That’s what we brought him here to do and it hasn’t happened as much as it did really in his true freshman year. Hopefully that will kick-start him a little bit and help us. We have to reevaluate Carson tomorrow. Fortunately Rennie ran hard against a pretty good defense and that was a good sign for us.”• What’s the impact in having Seales on the outside along with the President? “He (Seales) not only had a good game receiving but he played very well downfield blocking, played hard. It might have been the best complete game that he’s ever played. When you have a player that has the caliber of what Washington has, like we had here in the past – now I’m not making comparisons to 1st-round picks – but when we had Dez and Blackmon and even Rashaun Woods, if you don’t have anybody on the other side of the field then you’re going to get an under coverage and a guy over the top. So it helps that you have those other guys.”On the science of the Cole Walterscheid family…and the Gullet• “He was 6’6” 205 when he got here. If he turned sideways you couldn’t see him. He’s got a big Dad – tall Dad. Mom’s pretty good size for a female. So we were hoping he would grow into this. But he’s got tremendous work habits, a great attitude, he loves to play football. He was the player of the game for us, and we just can’t find enough guys like that. There’s just not enough guys out there like that, that just love the game of football that would play for free.”• Could’ve just stopped right there. But, no… “If his dad would have been my size, we probably wouldn’t have taken him, because you would think he’s not going to be very big. Most of these guys, you know, the male, in most cases, is going to take after the mom’s side anyway. The mom, I mean, she’s a, she’s a taller lady for a female. So, we felt like he would be a good risk.”• Is that science you’re citing there? “Just like your, in most cases your receding hairline will be based on your mother’s dad. My mom’s dad had a full head of hair! He just didn’t have a mullet. He worked for General Motors for 40 years and they wouldn’t let you have a mullet.”• Is that why you’re growing yours, to protest? “I don’t even know why I’m doing it anymore now. GM’s having a hard time. I hate to protest right now – especially up in Michigan.”• Back to the defense, in particular, the front line: “I think they have a chance to be a really good college defensive front if they stay healthy and keep working hard. We have some depth. That gives them the best shot.”Closing comments• What did you think about striping the stadium? “I thought it was awesome. I would recommend doing it every game, or having the pom-poms. I thought that was what college football is supposed to look like. It looked to me like the fans wanted to participate and be involved with it.” If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more

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‘They don’t think we’re that good’: Netherlands aim to shock USA in final

first_img World Cup a triumph for women’s football but broken culture cannot be ignored Share via Email Share on Twitter Play Video Netherlands women’s football team Reuse this content USA women’s football team Women’s football Topics Share on Pinterest Share on Messenger Women’s World Cup The European champions struggled to qualify for this tournament, doing so via the play-offs, but are now in their second consecutive major final, at only their second World Cup. It has been an impressive rise for a nation that established a domestic women’s league only in 2007.“We are European champions, not just anyone,” Van de Donk said. “I’m very proud of the team, I’m very proud of the Netherlands and I think we came this far as well because we have such amazing support all the time.”center_img Women’s World Cup 2019 Standing in their way are a formidable USA side in a first meeting of the world and European champions in the final. After Alex Morgan sipped tea in celebration of her goal against England, can Van de Donk think of a celebration the USA forward might use against the Netherlands?“I don’t think she’s going to score against us,” she said with a laugh. “We’re going to prove ourselves and show them what we’ve got. We might surprise them.”Bloodworth said the Netherlands have shown they can find the extra gear when needed, having played Italy in scorching 3pm heat in Valenciennes and then a sticky 120 minutes in Lyon against Sweden in the semi-final.“The tournament has been long, the season has been long for a lot of players,” said the centre-back. “You can tell that players are getting tired but at the end it’s just going to be a mental game and giving it a little extra. I think at the end you could see that we had still a little bit in us to fight to the end and it was enough. So we’re just going to continue and hopefully we can do something great on Sunday, as well.”She added of the USA: “We all know they are very confident but we are also very confident. We haven’t been playing our best football but have still reached the final, so that’s something incredible for our nation.” Read more Daniëlle van de Donk believes the Netherlands will be underestimated by the USA in Sunday’s World Cup final and says she is relishing their underdog status in Lyon.“I think it’s the best role you can be in,” the midfielder said. “I don’t think they think we’re that good … I think that is going to be an advantage for us.”Van de Donk is one of four Arsenal Women’s Super League winners who form the spine of the Netherlands team, with Sari van Veenendaal in goal, Dominique Bloodworth in defence, Van de Donk in the No 10 role and Vivianne Miedema up front. Though Bloodworth and Van Veenendaal left the club this summer, the substitute match-winner against New Zealand, Jill Roord, has been recruited. ‘Super! Incredible!’: Dutch fans roar after reaching Women’s World Cup final – video Share on LinkedIn Share on Facebook Kelly Lindsey 1:11 US sports Share on WhatsApplast_img read more

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Video: D’Angelo Russell Whiffed Horribly While Attempting To Drive A Golf Ball

first_imgD'Angelo Russell swings golf club and misses horribly.D’Angelo Russell GolfOhio State point guard D’Angelo Russell is a likely top-three pick in next month’s NBA Draft. The freshman floor general is incredibly gifted on the basketball court, but his golf game could definitely use some work.Maryland guard and NBA hopeful Dez Wells captured footage of Russell attempting to drive a golf ball this evening, and it was not pretty. Wells recorded two Russell tries; the first one was a whiff, and the second wasn’t much better.Don’t worry, D’Angelo, you’re young. There’s plenty of time to improve your skills on the links.last_img read more

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Video: Steve Spurrier Did The Usain Bolt Celebration After Leading Mr. 2 Bits Chant

first_imgsteve spurrier does the Usain Bolt celebrationTwitter/@CorkGaines Steve Spurrier is back in Gainesville with Florida football, and it just feels right.The Head Ball Coach had the field at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium named after him ahead of tonight’s season opener against UMass. He delivered a pretty impressive speech to fans before the Gators and Minutemen kicked things off.Welcome home Steve Spurrier ??? pic.twitter.com/Y3gC46VOnx— A.J. (@AjThornton5) September 3, 2016#Gators rename their home field Steve Spurrier – Florida Field pic.twitter.com/jwuBqvdVJv— Dr Cork Gaines (@CorkGaines) September 3, 2016Spurrier also led Florida’s famous Mr. Two Bits chant, which involved him dressing up as the famous Gator fan, and getting pretty pumped up. He even broke out Usain Bolt’s signature celebration, which is absurd and absolutely amazing.Steve Spurrier leads the #Gators 2 Bits chant and then does a little dance pic.twitter.com/Mc8GLDyiLH— Dr Cork Gaines (@CorkGaines) September 3, 2016STEVE SPURRIER USAIN BOLT CELEBRATION #GATORS https://t.co/OqC3mxrVPH— Only Gators .com (@onlygators) September 3, 2016Spurrier may not be coaching the Gators or South Carolina Gamecocks, but we can never ever allow him to leave the college football spotlight. The game is too fun with him involved.This is Steve Spurrier’s first full season of retirement after he stepped down at South Carolina at mid-year in 2015. He spent three seasons at Duke (1987-1989) before taking over his alma mater Florida in 1990. There, he won the 1996 National Title, and six SEC titles, racking up a gaudy 127-22-1 record in 12 seasons.After a two-year tenure in the NFL with Washington, Spurrier took over the South Carolina Gamecocks and transformed them into a competitor in the SEC East. He was 86-49 in his 10-plus seasons in Columbia, leading the team to nine bowls and an SEC East title in 2010.As a player, Spurrier won the Heisman trophy as Florida quarterback in 1966.last_img read more

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New Zealand on brink of huge Test win vs Sri Lanka

first_img Reuters ChristchurchDecember 29, 2018UPDATED: December 29, 2018 17:38 IST Neil Wagner was the pick of the bowlers for New Zealand on Day 4 (Neil Wagner was the pick of the bowlers for New Zealand on Day 4 (AP Photo))HIGHLIGHTSNew Zealand will be going for the win against Sri Lanka on the fifth day in ChristchurchSri Lanka were 231 for six at stumps on Day 4, chasing 660 for victorySenior batsman Angelo Mathews retired hurt on 22Concerted pressure from New Zealand’s bowling attack pushed them to the brink of victory in the second Test against Sri Lanka at Hagley Oval in Christchurch on Saturday.Sri Lanka, chasing an improbable 660 for victory, were 231 for six at stumps on the fourth day, with Dilruwan Perera (22) and Suranga Lakmal (16) set to resume on Sunday needing to bat the entire day to save the match and series.The first game in the two-match series ended in a damp draw in Wellington last week.Sri Lanka had been set the target late on Friday after Tom Latham (176) and Henry Nicholls (162 not out) drove New Zealand’s second innings to 585 for four declared.The tourists lost two early wickets in their response but had resumed on Saturday on 24 for two with captain Dinesh Chandimal on 14 and Kusal Mendis on six.Despite a solid start, their hopes of saving the Test effectively ended in the session before tea with the dismissal of Mendis and an injury to Angelo Mathews.Mendis, who helped save the first Test with Mathews with an unbroken 274-run partnership, appeared well set to repeat the dose with Chandimal on Saturday as they thwarted New Zealand for the entire first session.However, the 23-year-old Mendis, who joined India captain Virat Kohli as the only players to surpass 1,000 Test runs in 2018, fell after lunch for 67 to a superb diving catch by Matt Henry at mid-off.The way in which the New Zealanders mobbed the substitute fielder showed how much they valued the wicket, which ended a 117-run partnership between Mendis and Chandimal.Mathews, who top scored with 33 not out in Sri Lanka’s first innings of 104, looked like he would be even more difficult to remove than Mendis before he pulled up after completing a run and immediately clutched at his left hamstring.He received treatment on the field but was clearly hampered and could do nothing but play from the crease and hop when Chandimal called him through for a run.The former captain did not return after the tea break and is expected to have scans later on Saturday, although it is doubtful he will bat on Sunday.advertisementAlso Read | India need 2 wickets on final day to win historic Boxing Day Test vs AustraliaAlso Read | Jasprit Bumrah, Ishant Sharma and Mohammed Shami: Trio creates history in 2018Also See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow New Zealand vs Sri LankaFollow Dinesh ChandimalFollow 2nd testFollow Boxing Day TestFollow Christchurch Test New Zealand on brink of huge Test win vs Sri LankaNew Zealand vs Sri Lanka, 2nd Test: Despite a spirited showing in chase of an improbable 660, Sri Lanka face an uphill task of batting out an entire day with only four wickets in their hand in the second Test.advertisementlast_img read more

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Regulatory Entities to Benefit from Certification Course

first_imgStory Highlights Regulatory agencies in Jamaica are to benefit from a five-day professional certificate course in International Regulatory Affairs and Reform that will improve their skills and competencies.The training is organised by the Private Security Regulation Authority (PSRA) and will be held at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel from June 19 to 23.It will be conducted by the United Kingdom-based International Centre for Parliamentary Studies (ICPS).Among the agencies that will take part are the Betting Gaming and Lotteries Commission (BGLC), Cannabis Licensing Authority (CLA), Office of Utilities Regulation (OUR), Firearm Licensing Authority (FLA), Spectrum Management Authority, Airports Authority of Jamaica (AAJ) and the Pharmacy Council.Executive Director of the PSRA, Roslyn Campbell, told JIS News that “this training is important to our regulatory bodies in Jamaica, because it will give us the necessary grounding required for effective policymaking and good governance”.She said the training will bring certification from UK to Jamaica at a fraction of the cost to participants. The intervention, she noted, will ensure that regulatory professionals “have the requisite skills to deliver the programmes that they are mandated to, at the expected level”.Course topics include Instructional Architecture for Regulatory Reform, Strategies and Approaches to Regulatory Reform, Reduction of Administration Burdens, Enforcement and Compliance Issues, and Monitoring and Evaluation of Regulatory Reform.Ms. Campbell said the participants will be provided with a comprehensive analysis of mechanisms behind strategic regulatory reform, and receive practical steps on how to address enforcement and compliance issues that they are experiencing.She told JIS News that the training will also facilitate debate, networking and sharing of best practices according to international regulatory standards.The ICPS is a research institution of the United Nations Public Administration Network (UNPAN), and also works in partnership with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Association of European Election Officials (ACEEEO).The course cost is $300,000, and entities interested can call the PSRA and register at 967-2522/6.The PSRA is a statutory body under the Ministry of National Security charged with responsibility to monitor and regulate the operations of all stakeholders in the private security industry. It will be conducted by the United Kingdom-based International Centre for Parliamentary Studies (ICPS). Regulatory agencies in Jamaica are to benefit from a five-day professional certificate course in International Regulatory Affairs and Reform that will improve their skills and competencies. The training is organised by the Private Security Regulation Authority (PSRA) and will be held at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel from June 19 to 23.last_img read more

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UP Congress to discuss poor show in Lucknow meeting

first_imgLucknow: A week after the Lok Sabha results pinned the Congress down to its worst performance in Uttar Pradesh, the party will take stock of the situation and discuss reasons for its poor show. The Congress which had contested 67 out of 80 seats in Uttar Pradesh managed to win only the Rae Bareli seat from where UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi was re-elected. The party rank second only in three seats — Rahul Gandhi in Amethi, Raj Babbar in Fatehpur Sikri and Shri Prakash Jaiswal in Kanpur. While in the remaining seats, the Congress candidates went to the third position or below. Also Read – Pak activated 20 terror camps & 20 launch pads along LoC A meeting of party office bearers will be held later in the evening in which Uttar Pradesh Congress Committee (UPCC) President Raj Babbar will be present. This is Babbar’s first visit to Lucknow after he sent his resignation to Congress President Rahul Gandhi last week, owning moral responsibility for the drubbing. Rahul Gandhi had lost his Amethi seat to BJP’s Smriti Irani while Raj Babbar lost to BJP’s Rajkumar Chahar from Fatehpur Sikri. According to Congress spokesman Mukesh Chauhan, the reasons for the party’s defeat would be discussed at the meeting. A second meeting will also be convened later with the defeated candidates. The UPCC president will also take feedback from party leaders about the Congress’ role in bye-elections to the 11 Assembly segments that will be held in the coming months.last_img read more

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More Celebrities Join StarStudded Lineup for SU2C Telecast

first_imgStand Up To Cancer (SU2C), a division of the Entertainment Industry Foundation (EIF), is proud to announce that the Hollywood community is rallying together yet again to support the sixth biennial televised fundraising special on Friday, Sept. 7 (8:00 – 9:00 PM ET/PT / 7:00 – 8:00 PM CT).Mahershala Ali, Kathy Bates, Katie Couric, Jennifer Garner, Tony Hale, Marg Helgenberger, Ed Helms, Ken Jeong, Marlee Matlin, Matthew McConaughey, Maria Menounos, Jillian Michaels, Trevor Noah, Dak Prescott, Italia Ricci, Rob Riggle, Karla Souza, David Spade, Keith Urban, and Reese Witherspoon will participate in this memorable event — marking 10 years since the first telecast and 10 years of SU2C’s lifesaving research achievements. Additional stars and performers will be announced in the coming weeks.Bradley Cooper, Academy Award-nominated actor, will return as co-executive producer along with the renowned live-event producing team Done + Dusted, working again with the Stand Up To Cancer production team, after a successful partnership for the 2016 telecast.“As someone whose family has been significantly touched by cancer, I am proud to again have the privilege of co-executive producing this year’s Stand Up To Cancer telecast,” said SU2C Co-Executive Producer Bradley Cooper. “This show reminds everyone that you are never alone… that there is a community of support out there when you need it most. That’s the power of SU2C. Most importantly, the telecast showcases the significant progress being made in the fight against cancer, instilling hope in those facing the disease. This one-hour broadcast unites us all to raise funds for more effective treatments to save lives now.”The telecast will broadcast live from The Barker Hangar in Santa Monica, CA. As in years past, ABC, CBS, FOX, and NBC, along with AT&T AUDIENCE Network, Bloomberg TV, Bravo, Discovery Life, E!, EPIX, Escape, ESPNEWS, FM, Freeform, FS2, FXM, FYI, Galavision, HBO, HBO Latino, ION Television, Jewish Life TV, Laff, Logo, MTV2, Nat Geo WILD, PeopleTV, REELZ, SHOWTIME, Smithsonian Channel, STARZ, STARZ ENCORE, STARZ ENCORE ESPAÑOL, TNT, Univision Puerto Rico, and WGN America are donating one hour of simultaneous commercial-free primetime for the telecast, with additional networks to be announced. Following the live broadcast, the telecast will be available to stream via ComedyCentral.com and the Comedy Central app, as well as its VOD partners. Aspire TV will air the Stand Up To Cancer telecast on Saturday, Sept. 8 at 8:00 AM- 9:00 AM ET/PT / 10:00 AM CT. The entire telecast will also be available to stream live and on-demand on Hulu.For the third time, Stand Up To Cancer Canada will simultaneously broadcast a Canada-inclusive telecast across four major English-language Canadian broadcasters: CBC, Citytv, CTV, and Global, as well as Canadian services AMI, A.Side, BBC Earth, CHCH, CHEK, Cottage Life, Fight Network, Game TV, HIFI, Hollywood Suite, Love Nature, Makeful, NTV, OUTtv, Smithsonian Channel Canada, T+E, and YES TV. In addition, the show will stream live on the CBC TV App, cbc.ca/watch, CBS All Access, CTV GO and CTV.ca, Global GO and GlobalTV.com, and will be available on-demand on TELUS Optik TV in Canada.“This year’s Stand Up To Cancer telecast will be full of inspiring stories and hope, uniting us all in a common cause,” said Katy Mullan, executive producer at Done + Dusted. “We will feature the patients, survivors, doctors, nurses and researchers on the front line fighting cancer every single day, as well as highlighting the groundbreaking science that SU2C funds, changing the landscape of cancer research and saving lives. It will be a celebration of the progress that is being made and affirm that when we all come together, we can achieve great things,” Mullan said.The first five SU2C telecasts took place on September 5, 2008, September 10, 2010, September 7, 2012, September 5, 2014, and September 9, 2016 and were made available to more than 190 countries. The Canada-inclusive SU2C telecasts aired in 2014 and 2016.The 2018 telecast is especially significant for SU2C, as it commemorates ten years of raising awareness and funds for innovative cancer research that is helping save lives now. Stars who have taken part in the previous five telecasts include Jessica Alba, Halle Berry, Matt Bomer, Jordana Brewster, Marcia Cross, Sheryl Crow, Matt Damon, Viola Davis, Michael Douglas, Robert Downey Jr., Jesse Tyler Ferguson, America Ferrara, Dave Franco, Tony Goldwyn, Tony Hale, Jon Hamm, Tom Hanks, Marg Helgenberger, Ed Helms, Felicity Huffman, Samuel L. Jackson, Ken Jeong, Scarlett Johansson, Anna Kendrick, Jaime King, Eva Longoria, Lori Loughlin, Rob Lowe, Kyle MacLachlan, Sonequa Martin-Green, Jillian Michaels, Gwyneth Paltrow, Italia Ricci, Rob Riggle, Seth Rogen, Julia Roberts, Jimmy Smits, Brenda Song, Ben Stiller, Emma Stone, Eric Stonestreet, Alison Sweeney, Taylor Swift, Maura Tierney, Justin Timberlake, Bree Turner, Sofia Vergara, Denzel Washington, Kerry Washington, Kristen Wiig, Charlie Wilson, Rita Wilson, and Reese Witherspoon. The 2016 telecast featured musical performances from Celine Dion, Charlie Puth, Alessia Cara and Gallant, as well as Dierks Bentley, who was joined by Keith Urban and Little Big Town.To date, more than $480 million has been pledged in support of SU2C’s innovative cancer research. The organization has brought together more than 1,500 of the best scientists from over 180 leading institutions with an emphasis on collaborative, multidisciplinary teams that deliver new therapies and treatments to cancer patients. Scientists work together on Stand Up To Cancer’s 24 signature “Dream Teams,” among a total of 79 team science grants and awards, whose research is aimed at ending cancer’s reign as a leading cause of death worldwide. SU2C-funded researchers have planned, launched or completed more than 180 clinical trials involving over 12,000 patients.The results have been exceptional. In just under 10 years, SU2C research has contributed to FDA approval of five new cancer therapies, including treatments for breast, ovarian, and pancreatic cancers and difficult-to-treat leukemias. Additional trial results have been submitted or are nearing completion for breast, colon, ovarian, and prostate cancers and for metastatic melanoma. Stand Up To Cancer has provided substantial funding for the study of immunotherapy in the fight against cancer, and has advanced development of technologies using blood tests to identify cancers early, imaging to understand tumor progression, and precision medicine via new laboratory tools.SU2C’s wide-ranging scientific portfolio is overseen by a blue-ribbon scientific advisory committee chaired by Nobel Prize winner Phillip A. Sharp, Ph.D., Institute Professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Most grants are administered by SU2C’s Scientific Partner, the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR), the world’s first and largest professional organization dedicated to advancing cancer research.Other members of the SU2C Scientific Advisory Committee (SAC) include Vice Chairs Raymond N. DuBois, M.D., Ph.D., dean, College of Medicine, and professor, Departments of Biochemistry and Medicine, Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston; Lee J. Helman, M.D., professor, Keck School of Medicine, University of Southern California, and director, Cancer Research Program, Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles; Arnold J. Levine, Ph.D., professor emeritus of systems biology at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, New Jersey; and William G. Nelson, M.D., Ph.D., director of the Johns Hopkins Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center in Baltimore. The SU2C Canada Scientific Advisory Committee is co-chaired by Alan Bernstein O.C., O.Ont., Ph.D., FRSC president and chief executive officer of the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research (CIFAR) and Dr. Sharp. Projects are administered by AACR International-Canada and Stand Up To Cancer Canada.As SU2C’s founding donor, Major League Baseball has continued to annually provide both financial support and countless opportunities to build the Stand Up To Cancer movement by encouraging fans worldwide to get involved, most notably through its two largest global events – the MLB All-Star Game and the World Series. In addition to MLB, SU2C’s “Luminary” donors include Bristol-Myers Squibb Company, Lustgarten Foundation for Pancreatic Cancer Research, and Mastercard. “Visionary” donors include CVS Health, Genentech, a member of the Roche Group, and the Sidney Kimmel Foundation.Additional major donors and collaborators include American Airlines, American Cancer Society, Merck, Rally Health, Inc., St. Baldrick’s Foundation, and Van Andel Research Institute. Other key supporters and collaborators include American Lung Association’s LUNG FORCE, Breast Cancer Research Foundation, Farrah Fawcett Foundation, Laura Ziskin Family Trust, LUNGevity Foundation, National Ovarian Cancer Coalition, Ovarian Cancer Research Fund Alliance, Society for Immunotherapy of Cancer, and international collaborator Cancer Research UK.The Canadian Cancer Society (CCS) and the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) are actively collaborating with SU2C Canada. CCS is also a collaborator in the inaugural Stand Up To Cancer Canada – Canadian Cancer Society Breast Cancer Dream Team, along with the Ontario Institute for Cancer Research (OICR). Collaborators in the inaugural Stand Up To Cancer Canada Cancer Stem Cell Dream Team include CIHR, Cancer Stem Cell Consortium, Genome Canada and OICR. AstraZeneca Canada and Mastercard are the first corporate supporters of SU2C Canada.last_img read more

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Netflix to commit 500M over five years on new Canadian content sources

first_img Login/Register With: LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebook Advertisement Advertisement Internet streaming service Netflix will spend at least half a billion dollars over the next five years to fund original Canadian content, CBC News has learned.The funding will officially be announced tomorrow by Heritage Minister Mélanie Joly as part of a speech unveiling her vision for Canadian content and cultural industries in the digital world. It comes after months of public consultations, which were held last year.The move could benefit both Netflix and the federal government, which has come under pressure to impose a tax on the service that could be used to fund Canadian programming.center_img Twitter Netflix has lobbied hard to avoid facing the kinds requirements that traditional broadcasters in Canada have had to face for years.Canadian broadcasters, for example, have to fulfil a quota of Canadian content they put on the air. They are also required to spend a percentage of their revenues to fund “programs of national interest” through contributions to the Canada Media Fund (CMF) — a requirement that was decreased to 5 per cent in a CRTC decision this past May.Politically, the Trudeau government can now claim a victory for giving a leg up to Canadian content without imposing a new tax on Canadians or going to battle with members of the industry to convince them to pitch in new money.Yet, there are several outstanding questions for Canada’s cultural producers, who will undoubtedly be keen to hear the specifics of how this money will be spent.It also raises questions about exactly how much new Canadian content this Netflix commitment will generate, beyond what the company would have produced anyway.CBC Television and Netflix are currently working together on a second season of Anne, based on the Anne of Green Gables novels. The CBC also collaborated with Netflix to produce the six-part miniseries Alias Grace, based on the Margaret Atwood novel of the same name. It was directed by Canadian filmmaker Sarah Polley.Outside the Canada Media FundThe money would not be contributed to the CMF but would exist outside the fund. It’s not yet clear who will get to use it to create programming with Netflix.The CMF gets money from the Government of Canada and cable and satellite companies such as Bell Media, Cogeoco, Telus and Vidéotron. Producers looking for financing for their projects can apply to the fund for support.Netflix already produces some original Canadian content, including its co-production with CBC Television of Anne, based on the Anne of Green Gables novels. (Sophie Giraud/Northwood Productions/CBC/The Canadian Press)During the Heritage Department’s public consultations, Netflix lobbied against being treated like a conventional broadcaster, with all the financial commitments that would entail.“We’ve been doing significant investments on our own, and will continue — and, honestly, [it] will only grow significantly over the next couple of years,” Elizabeth Bradley, vice-president of content at Netflix, told The Canadian Press in 2016. “But regulation is not helping to encourage that for us.”No Netflix taxThe idea of a Netflix tax first emerged before the last federal election, when Stephen Harper warned that Canadians needed to vote Conservative or face a tax on the use of the streaming service.It reared its head again in June, when the Commons heritage committee recommended a tax on streaming services, suggesting it could bring in hundreds of millions of dollars that could be given to the CMF to finance Canadian productions.Prime Minister Justin Trudeau rejected the idea outright.“We’re not going to be raising taxes on the middle class through an internet broadband tax. That is not an idea we are taking on,” he said at the time.Collaborating with major players like Netflix is in line with comments the heritage minister has made previously.“I think people are telling me that they want the government to adapt to how they consume information, how they search for content, and that they shouldn’t be adapting to how government works,” Joly told CBC Radio’s Metro Morning in March.by Catherine Cullen – with files from The Canadian Press Heritage Minister Mélanie Joly will unveil her vision for Canadian content and cultural industries in the digital world Thursday — and will announce a $500-million commitment from Netflix to produce Canadian content. (Reuters/Canadian Press) Advertisementlast_img read more

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Somehow Céline Dions Son Is a ChartTopping SoundCloud Rapper

first_img Facebook LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Somehow Céline Dion’s Son Is a Chart-Topping SoundCloud RapperRené-Charles Angélil is Céline Dion’s son, but also Big Tip on SoundCloud, so we reviewed all five of his songsIt’s come to our attention that the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree for Céline Dion’s son, René-Charles Angélil. He’s into music too, but instead of belting ballads like his mom—he’s a SoundCloud rapper by the name of Big Tip. With only five songs uploaded to his profile, the 17-year-old is sitting in the top five of both the US and Canada on SoundCloud’s R&B and Soul charts. But, is he any good? READ MORERené-Charles Angélil, Céline Dion’s son, tops SoundCloud chart as rapper Big TipIt was revealed on Tuesday that Céline Dion’s eldest child, René-Charles Angélil, has taken on a new persona and (sort of) followed in his mother’s footsteps. Advertisement Angélil, 17, is now a rapper known as Big Tip, and he’s posted numerous songs to a SoundCloud account. Some of his songs are covers of Toronto artist The Weeknd, including Catwalks (instead of The Weeknd’s Sidewalks) and Loft Music Remix. READ MORECéline Dion’s rapping son René-Charles Angélil kept Big Tip a big secretThe 17-year-old didn’t tell Dion about his songs until they hit the top of SoundCloud’s Canadian R&B charts this week.René-Charles Angélil is not your average 17-year-old — his mother happens to be one of the world’s most famous pop stars. But he shares at least one trait with millions of other teenage kids: he wanted to do something without telling his mom about it ahead of time.So he went and recorded two rap songs in his home studio, in the garage beside the family home in Las Vegas. He released them Monday on the streaming platform SoundCloud under his stage name, Big Tip, and he only got around to telling his mother about all this after the songs went to No. 1 and No. 2 on the Canadian SoundCloud R&B charts. His mother being Céline Dion. READ MORECeline Dion’s Kid Has Released More Rap MusicAfter making his musical debut with a couple of cheeseball Weeknd covers, Réne-Charles Angélil has returned with more music under his Big Tip moniker.Over the last couple days, the 17-year-old son of Céline Dion and the late René Angélil has unveiled three new tracks on SoundCloud.“Never Stop,” “The Apple” and “The Kid” hear him once again rapping about his lavish lifestyle and making bold lyrical assertions — like rhyming “desert” with “dessert,” and claiming “They say I’m an asshole, cause I only spit hot shit.” READ MORE Celine Dion’s son, Big Tip, charting with rap debutCeline Dion’s son’s secretive foray into rap music has already sent him to the top of the charts on Soundcloud.Rene-Charles Angelil, the 17-year-old son of the music superstar and her late husband Rene Angelil, uploaded two covers of The Weeknd songs to his Soundcloud account on Monday under the name Big Tip. Those clips quickly shot up to the No. 1 and No. 2 spots on the Canadian SoundCloud R&B charts.Angelil has since dropped three more other tracks: Never Stop, The Apple and The Kid. Each features original lyrics about life growing up in Las Vegas, where his mother has had a residency at Caesars Palace since 2003, while trying to break away from the shadow of his famous parents to make a name for himself. READ MORE Advertisementcenter_img Advertisement Twitter Celine Dion and son Rene-Charles Angelil pose at the 2016 Billboard Music Awards on May 22, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic) Login/Register With:last_img read more

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Euro 2016 Spain Qualified for 8th Finals Nice

Rabat – Spain qualified for the 8th finals of Euro 2016 football championships, beating 3-0 Turkey Friday in Nice.Double-defending champions won thanks to a brace from striker Alvaro Morata (34th, 48th) and a goal by Nolito (37th).Spain joined the other teams already qualified, namely France and Italy. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NaC_aX6XylY

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Pillay to submit report on Lanka to UNHRC

The removal of the Chief Justice through a flawed process — which has been deemed unconstitutional by the highest courts of the land — is, in the High Commissioner’s view, gross interference in the independence of the judiciary and a calamitous setback for the rule of law in Sri Lanka. “This raises obvious concerns about his independence and impartiality, especially when handling allegations of serious human rights violations by the authorities,” Pillay’s office added.“We are also concerned that the impeachment process has caused bitter divisions within Sri Lanka, and that it sends an ominous signal about the Government’s commitment to accountability and reconciliation. It flies in the face of the strong calls by the Lessons Learned and Reconciliation Commission, and by leaders of Sri Lanka’s civil society and legal profession, to rebuild the rule of law which has been badly eroded by decades of conflict and human rights violations,” Pillay’s office said.Her office also said that just this morning they received alarming reports from the Independent Bar of Sri Lanka of a series of death threats, acts of intimidation and even a couple of reported murder attempts against lawyers who have been supporting Chief Justice Bandaranayake, and the rulings of the Supreme Court and Court of Appeal on her case. (Colombo Gazette) The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay is to submit a report on Sri Lanka at the February-March session of the Human Rights Council, focusing on the engagement of UN mechanisms in support of the accountability and reconciliation processes, her office said today.Pillay is deeply concerned that the impeachment and removal of Sri Lanka’s Chief Justice has further eroded the rule of law in the country and could also set back efforts for accountability and reconciliation. Sri Lanka has a long history of abuse of executive power, and this latest step appears to strip away one of the last and most fundamental of the independent checks and balances, and should ring alarm bells for all Sri Lankans, Pillay’s office said.The jurist sworn in by the President as the new Chief Justice on 15 January, the former Attorney-General and Legal Advisor to the Cabinet, Mr. Mohan Peiris, has been at the forefront of a number of government delegations to Geneva in recent years to vigorously defend the Sri Lankan government’s position before the Human Rights Council and other human rights mechanisms. Chief Justice Shirani Bandaranayake was served notice of her dismissal and removed from her chambers and official residence on Tuesday (15 January), in spite of a Supreme Court ruling that the parliamentary procedure to remove her violated the Constitution. read more

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Norfolk wants in on immigration pilot program

Norfolk wants the federal government to re-think the county’s eligibility for a pilot program involving immigration and refugee settlement.The Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot offers supports and incentives to participating communities to help them settle and integrate new Canadians.Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada announced the five-year pilot program Jan. 24. Norfolk’s tourism and economic development department expressed interest in participating but has been told the county doesn’t meet Ottawa’s criteria.“Unfortunately, the pilot has already disqualified Norfolk County because the federal government’s remoteness calculator gives our community a low score,” Clark Hoskin, Norfolk’s director of tourism and economic development, said in a note to Norfolk council.“We are not remote enough, even though it is nigh on impossible for a newcomer to Canada without a driver’s licence to visit Norfolk due to lack of public inter-city transportation.”County officials are disappointed because local industry and other employers feel workforce availability has become “a critical concern.”“Attracting newcomers has been identified as a key proposed direction in our economic development strategy review,” Hoskin said.According to the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada website, qualifying communities must have a maximum population of 50,000 or less and be at least 75 kilometres from a metropolitan area.Communities with up to 200,000 may qualify if they are remote from metropolitan areas.The program is aimed at all parts of Canada west of Quebec.Communities must have job opportunities, an economic development plan, an economic development department, the capacity to help new arrivals settle, and have access to education, housing, transportation and health care.The federal government’s goal is to take what it learns from the pilot program and apply it generally throughout the country. The deadline for applying is Friday.Thursday, Mayor Kristal Chopp said she is preparing a letter of support for the tourism and economic development department asking Ottawa to reconsider Norfolk’s eligibility.MSonnenberg@postmedia.com read more

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