ISL: Delhi, Mumbai play out goalless draw

first_imgMumbai City FC ended their league engagements with a goalless draw against Delhi Dynamos to be at the top of the Indian Super League (ISL) standings at the Mumbai Football Arena on Saturday.The draw left Mumbai City on top of the table with 23 points, a tally that none of the other qualifying teams can overtake. Delhi Dynamos have 21 points from 14 matches and they will know of their position only after the concluding league clash between Kerala Blasters and NorthEast United FC on Sunday.The draw also means that Mumbai and Delhi will not meet in the semi-finals.Both teams had qualified for the play-offs before this game but their approach was entirely different. Delhi Dynamos coach Gianluca Zambrotta made as many as eight changes with marquee signing Florent Malouda on the bench, while Mumbai City coach Alexandre Guimaraes had promised to field his best squad and he stuck to his word with a strong side.Mumbai City were the better team for the entire game, particularly in the first 45 minutes when they had six attempts on goal. Delhi Dynamos had only one shot and none on goal.Mumbai’s marquee player Diego Forlan was the first to test the rival goalkeeper with a fierce shot after the former Uruguay forward had controlled a perfect cross from the other end by Brazilian midfielder Cafu. Forlan’s shot, however, was blocked by Delhi goalkeeper Toni Doblas.Doblas also had to stay alert towards the closing stages of the opening half when Cafu played a ball for Sehnaj Singh on the right but his shot was palmed away for a corner by Doblas.advertisementIn the second session, both teams went close and the match could have gone either way. Interestingly, both teams hit the post in successive minutes.In the 72nd minute, Cafu picked up a ball just outside the box and took a snap shot on goal which rattled the post with goalkeeper Doblas looking on helplessly. A minute later, Bruno Pelissari was unlucky at the other end for Delhi Dynamos as his shot from outside the box took a deflection and struck the post.Mumbai’s last chance to finish their engagements with a win at home came in the 83rd minute. Diego Forlan’s delivery was aimed at Lucian Goian who headed it across the face of the goal. Udanta thought he had a chance to head it home from close range, only for Brazilian defender Gerson Vieira to distract him and allow Doblas to collect the ball safely.last_img read more

Cafe BonjourHi to open as Quebec government mulls ways to ban greeting

first_imgMONTREAL — There’s little doubt about what greeting customers will hear when they enter Dave Plant’s soon-to-be opened Cafe Bonjour/Hi, even as the Quebec government looks for ways to ban the popular bilingual greeting.Plant, 32, chose the name about a month and a half ago, after an employee of his other restaurant jokingly suggested he name his new cafe after the phrase that has become an unlikely lightning rod in the debate over linguistic rights in the province. “It’s a touch controversial, it’s bilingual — and  we’re going to be in a bilingual neighbourhood, so that’s important — and I just thought it was kind of funny,” he said in a phone interview.The distinctive hybrid greeting has been widely adopted by retail workers in Montreal in an effort to welcome a diverse clientele. But it has also become a source of controversy among those who fear the gradual erosion of the French language. On Friday, the minister responsible for the French language said the province was looking for a way to ban the greeting, as a way of building on two unanimous motions passed in the legislature calling on store clerks to stick with a simple “bonjour” when greeting customers.Simon Jolin-Barrette did not specify how he planned to accomplish the task, but insisted to reporters that “people want to be welcomed in French.”While he did not exclude legislation, he said he was not looking at any solutions that would require an army of inspectors to act as “language police.”Plant thinks it’s quite amusing that he and his yet-unopened cafe have unknowingly become symbolic ambassadors against the government’s proposal.But he’s willing to embrace it, given that he already spends much of his day chatting about current events with the locals and tourists who frequent his existing restaurant, Bouffe Dave Plant Food.“I enjoy talking politics and disucussing and debating, so I’m cool with that,” he said. “And the staff in the cafe is going to be bilingual anyways.”On Friday, Jolin-Barrette cited a recent study by Quebec’s language watchdog that suggested the use of bilingual greetings was increasing as a reason to strengthen language laws. The Office quebecois de la langue francaise found that between 2010 and 2017, use of “bonjour/hi” in Montreal doubled, representing eight per cent of all greetings in 2017. Exclusively English greetings also increased, occurring 17 per cent of the time in 2017, up from 12 per cent in 2010.French greetings remained the norm, but they were down to 75 per cent from 84 per cent over the same period.Plant, for his part, isn’t losing any sleep just yet over the possibility of government action against his chosen greeting.On one hand, he finds it “troubling” that the government seems to want to limit what language people use when greeting one another, and feels any law along those lines would be unconstitutional, unenforceable, or both.On the other, he says the controversy is helping him get the word out about his new cafe, which is expected to open in November.Morgan Lowrie, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Mother accused of violating injunction tells court she was supporting sons wish

first_imgAnnette Hollett testified Thursday that she went to a Muskrat Falls protest in Oct. 2016 because her 12-year-old son said he wanted to stand up for his culture. Editor’s Note: As a journalist with the online publication theIndependent.ca, Justin Brake followed the land protectors onto the Muskrat Falls site and workers accomodations complex and covered the duration of the occupation. He is facing criminal and civil charges from the event.Justin BrakeAPTN NewsA Métis woman who lives in Labrador told a judge Thursday that when she went through the gates and briefly joined the occupation of the Muskrat Falls site in October 2016, she was doing it for her 12-year-old son.Annette Hollett, who moved to Labrador from Alberta 15 years ago, is one of more than a dozen land protectors in provincial Supreme Court in Happy Valley-Goose Bay this week defending themselves against charges of violating a court injunction in the course of resisting the controversial hydroelectric project in Central Labrador.Despite living with post traumatic stress disorder and social anxiety, she recalled in her testimony, Hollett took her son, who is Inuit, to the peace camp across the Trans Labrador Highway from the main entrance to the Muskrat Falls site, where upward of 200 people were gathered that day.“My son asked to go to stand up for his beliefs,” Hollett told APTN in an interview following her testimony, referring to the Oct. 22, 2016 Indigenous-led protest outside the Muskrat Falls site, which led to an occupation of the project’s accommodations complex.“He was born here so he wanted to fight for what he thought was his rights. And I’m his parent, so I supported him.”With just one day left in the scheduled week-long hearings only three land protectors have testified, while a dozen remain. Earlier in the week APTN reported that 17 land protectors were pleading not guilty but learned today that two changed their pleas and won’t appear in court this week.Nalcor Energy, the provincial crown energy corporation building the dam, was granted an injunction on Oct. 16, 2016 amid an ongoing blockade of the Muskrat Falls site by land protectors.The following day RCMP arrested several land protectors and ended the blockade. But a few days later, amid growing resistance to the project ahead of anticipated reservoir flooding and projected methylmercury contamination of traditional foods, dozens of people reinstated the blockade.Days later, on Oct. 22, about 50 land protectors went through the project’s main access gate and occupied the worker’s accommodations complex for four days.Most of those on trial this week are facing charges related to the occupation, while others are accused of breaching the injunction during protests and ceremonies carried out in late 2016 and early to mid 2017.Mark Gruchy, the lawyer representing land protectors, called Hollett, Kim Campbell-McLean and Linda Saunders-McLean to testify.Nalcor attorney Chris King cross-examined the land protectors, using video evidence from media and security workers on site in an attempt to prove that the women knew of the injunction and knowingly contravened it, or ought to have known.The three women all testified they weren’t aware of the injunction at the time a lock on the Muskrat Falls gate was cut, after which they, and dozens of others, flooded through and on to the site.Saunders-McLean, an Inuk social worker who works with Indigenous children, told the court she encountered many security personnel and other workers on the site, and that none of them told her she and the others were breaking the law.Linda Saunders-McLean said in court Thursday that she doesn’t “think anyone owns a piece of land and can destroy it to the extent it’s destroyed.” Justin Brake/APTN photo.During her cross-examination Saunders-McLean got emotional, in one instance while explaining her mother recently passed away, and in another while recalling the destruction she saw while walking more than 11 kilometres down the access road to the worker’s camp on Oct. 22.“I don’t think anyone owns a piece of land and can destroy it to the extent it’s destroyed,” she said, as she began to cry,Justice George Murphy, who granted Nalcor the injunction two years ago, offered Saunders-McLean to take a break.She chose to continue.“When I walked into that camp and I saw all the destruction, and all these buildings, these temporary structures, it was devastating. I almost threw up, what I saw, because I just think about what had to happen in order to place these buildings there — all the animals, all the wildlife, all the fish.”Breaking free from King’s line of questioning for a moment, the mother and grandmother identified what she thought was an unfair contradiction between the legal system and her Indigenous values.“I know that you guys are taking us and holding us accountable for what we did, but who’s holding you guys accountable for what you’re doing?” she told King. “The flooding. The wildlife. Who’s going to speak for them?”Campbell-McLean, who told the court she was born into a Mi’kmaq family in Newfoundland but was adopted into an Inuit family in North West River when she was five months old, is the Executive Director of the AnanauKatiget Tumingit Regional Association, a not-for-profit organization that helps women in violent relationships.She testified Thursday that she attended the Oct. 22 protest outside the Muskrat Falls site “because that’s where I needed to be.”Asked by Gruchy why she went through the project’s main entry gate, an emotional Campbell-McLean told the court, “I have two children in heaven, but I still have my motherly instincts.”Though the 41-year-old no longer has children of her own, she told the court she’s helping teach her disabled niece Inuit customs such as fishing and preparing traditional foods.“She loves, loves, loves salmon, trout and smelt — it’s her favourite food,” she said.“I want her to have what I had, which was the best Labrador cultural Inuit life. I have never ever had any better life anywhere else in this whole country or this world. I have connections with the land, the water, the animals, our plants — and my niece is getting that connection through me. She needs to have that as an Inuit child. She needs to grow up knowing where her people came from, what they went through to get here, and she needs to be able to provide for her own self through the provision of country foods. That is why I went through the gate.”King questioned whether Campbell-McLean knew of the injunction and willfully went on site despite it.He suggested she was trespassing, to which Campbell-McLean responded, “I assumed I was trespassing.”He also showed evidence of Campbell-McLean at a demonstration outside the main gate about a month after the occupation, during which she was among a group of people who King argued were blocking access to the site.In the video Campbell-McLean could be seen stepping away from a security vehicle as it approached. She argued she wasn’t among those blocking access to the site because she moved away when she saw the vehicle coming.Gruchy told APTN earlier this week that the accusations against his clients of civil contempt for violating a court order would be substantiated if Nalcor could prove each of the land protectors were aware of the injunction, and that they deliberately violated it.The St. John’s-based lawyer also said his “objective is to get people to the other end [of the litigation] with as minimal damage as possible, while attempting to utilize this process to maximize their voices in the process, which they haven’t had much of.”Land protectors occupied the Muskrat Falls worker’s camp two years ago this week. Many are still defending themselves in court against civil and criminal charges for allegedly violating an injunction. Justin Brake/APTN photo.Hollett told the court Thursday that the day the gate was opened at Muskrat Falls her son went through before her, so she followed.During her testimony and in her interview with APTN Hollett said it was part way down the 12 kilometre road to the Muskrat Falls worker’s camp she decided she wanted to join the fight.“As I was walking I heard people express their concerns and I realized I had the same concerns,” she said. “If they’re not going to take my 12-year-old son seriously, maybe they will take me seriously.”She said she used to take her son to the cabin every Friday after school, but that lately they don’t spend as much time on the land because of the risks associated with methylmercury due to Muskrat Falls.“Is it going to be safe to go out and hunt and do what we usually enjoy? Some people look at it as a way of life — and are they going to be able to continue that way of life?” she said.Land protectors will continue their testimonies Friday in Happy Valley-Goose Bay. But the defense isn’t likely to wrap up before the end of the day, so further court dates will likely be scheduled in the near future.jbrake@aptn.ca@JustinBrakeNewslast_img read more

Jerry Sandusky Transferred To State Prison

Jerry Sandusky, the convicted child sex abuser sentenced to no less than 30 years,  became a state prison inmate Tuesday with his transfer out of the Centre County jail, his home since he was convicted in June of child molestation.The 68-year-old former Penn State assistant coach arrived early in the morning at the State Correctional Institute at Camp Hill, just outside Harrisburg, a state prison system spokeswoman said.He faces testing and evaluation that will take a week or more before he can be assigned a security risk level and sent to one of the state facilities as his “home” prison. At Camp Hill, experts will assess his mental state, physical health and education level, and determine whether he needs treatment.Sandusky was sentenced this month to 30 to 60 years for sexual abuse of 10 boys over a 15-year period.There are about 6,800 sex offenders serving time in Pennsylvania’s prison system. The Corrections Department does not maintain special units for sex offenders, and there is no way to predict where he will be sent.Meanwhile, he maintains his innocence and had attorney file motions for a new trial.Sandusky’s lawyers made the filing at the courthouse in Bellefonte, where he was sentenced two weeks ago  after being convicted of abusing 10 boys, some on Penn State’s campus in State College.“The defendant submits the court’s sentence was excessive and tantamount . . . to a life sentence, which the defendant submits is in violation of his rights,” they wrote.The 31-page set of motions, technically not appeals because they were filed with the trial judge, cover a wide range of assertions, including insufficient evidence, improper use of hearsay testimony and improper rulings from the bench.More than a third of the document explores ways Sandusky claims the rapid pace of the case violated his right to due process of law, as he went from arrest to trial in just over seven months. His lawyers said they were swamped by documents from prosecutors and lacked time to interview possible witnesses and an expert and two assistants were not available at trial.The document said Judge John Cleland ruled improperly concerning the use of a computer-generated drawing of an accuser and issued incorrect jury instructions. It also raised issues about prosecutors’ closing argument, the vagueness of the charges, sequestration of jurors and the amount of restitution ordered. read more

TT Mayor gets key to St Anns

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppJamaica, August 15, 2017 – Montego Bay – Chairman of the Mayaro Rio Claro Regional Corporation in Trinidad and Tobago, Mayor Glen Ram, was on August 11 bestowed with the Key to St. Ann’s Bay, the capital town of St. Ann.  Mayor of St. Ann’s Bay, Michael Belnavis, made the presentation following a special meeting at the St. Ann Municipal Corporation.He said the “Key is a symbol of the friendship we have formed and also a token of the wonderful hospitality we are known for here in the ‘Garden Parish’ of St. Ann”.Mayor Belnavis said the Corporation is looking forward to working with local government colleagues in the twin-island republic “to do some wonderful things”.“I can see us doing some twinning as it relates to St. Ann and our rich history. We will certainly explore the areas of interest… on things that will be beneficial to us and also the people of Trinidad and Tobago. In this era of strong Caribbean integration, cooperation on all fronts is extremely necessary,” he pointed out.While in St. Ann, Mayor Ram visited the statue of National Hero Marcus Garvey and the St. Ann’s Bay Library, and toured the Mystic Mountain attraction, among other activities.The Mayor arrived in the island on August 9 for a five-day visit as guest of the Ministry of Local Government and Community Development to observe the country’s local government reform processes.He met with Portfolio Minister, Hon. Desmond McKenzie, the mayors of Kingston and St. Ann’s Bay and representatives of the Social Development Commission (SDC).  He also visited the Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management (ODPEM).“That is a very professional and efficient organisation. It was a wonderful visit and one that showed me how well Jamaica is prepared to handle natural disasters,” he said.Mayor Ram had high praises for the Ministry, which he described as “wonderful hosts”.  He said that there are many similarities between Jamaica and Trinidad, noting that they are “probably the leaders as it relates to local government”.He contended that the countries could pave the way for the creation of a Caribbean Local Government Association.   “This, I believe, would be very effective and could play a valuable role in the region where local governance is concerned,” Mayor Ram said.last_img read more

Robbers loot trawler kills 1 in Bbaria

first_imgA worker of a trawler was beaten to death and four others were injured by robbers in the Meghna River in Sarail upazila of Brahmanbaria on Saturday midnight, reports news agency UNB.The deceased is Sarwar Hossian, 24, son of Harun Miah, a resident of Baroichhara village in the upazila.Deceased family members said a gang of masked robbers intercepted a Sunamganj-bound cement-laden trawler from Dhaka and looted valuables and beat up workers randomly, leaving five of them injured.Injured Sarwar was taken to Brahmanbaria Sadar Hospital and later shifted to Dhaka Medical College Hospital at night where he succumbed to his injuries in the morning.Contacted, Mafiz Uddin Bhuiyan, officer-in-charge of Sarail Police Station, said they are gathering information about the incident.last_img read more

Nepal bus accident kills 19

first_imgMap of NepalAt least 19 people were killed when an overcrowded bus swerved off the road and plunged into a river in central Nepal on Saturday, police said.The bus skidded off the road in Dhading district, approximately 80 kilometres (50 miles) west of the capital Kathmandu, early morning and fell into the Trishuli River.“We have recovered the bodies of 19 people from the place of the accident and number of missing is still unknown as the bus had no record of the total number of passengers,” district police chief Dhruba Raj Raut told AFP.Local TV footage showed rescue workers pulling the dead and injured from the water, while soldiers in boats scoured the river for the missing.At least 16 injured passengers were recovered from the river and taken to local hospitals, police said.Authorities are yet to confirm the cause of the crash, but local media quoted passengers saying that the driver may have been drunk.Police Inspector Barun Bahadur Singh, at the scene of the accident, told AFP that the driver was injured in the accident and is thought to have fled after freeing himself from the wreckage of the bus.“The driver of the bus is suspected of running away right after the incident and we have expedited the search operation in the nearby areas,” he said.Deadly crashes are relatively common in the impoverished Himalayan nation because of poor roads, badly maintained vehicles and reckless driving.last_img read more

We the intruders

first_imgThere was a big machine that was flying. Its blades were roaring out loud. It felt like it was hunting for us. It did not look very good. We were scared. So many people came out. They had hats, guns, torches, and devastation in their eyes. They were moving towards us. We ran… for our lives…The story of the once inhabitants of the forest was recited in The Mystical Forest. It is a contemporary dance production presented by Sadhya. The show, through the vocabulary of Mayurbhanj Chhau narrated the story of the soul within the forest as its inhabitant. It also had strong tribal influences and grounded movements with contemporary interpretation. Through the act, the artists portrayed the various experiences, emotions, rituals and celebrations of the jungle dwellers.  Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The viewers of the production were taken on a journey of the divinity that the people living in forests may experience, their daily activities, to the playfulness, the hunting, the rituals and traditions that they believe in and to the relationship that they would be having. It basically defined their day from dawn to dusk. What was attractive about the whole act was how it showcased, in a very subtle way, their sensitivity to the outside world, which they are not familiar with and are very apprehensive about. The production without being outright left an impact on the viewers and forced them to think as to why the inhabitants of the forest can’t live just as they always have been living. It also asks questions that  is pertinent from a very long time: the question of the intrusion of technology in the natural world. The aerial act by Carolina Prada and Gaura Prema, our guests from abroad, need a special mention for the precision with which the act was performed. All in all, the act was quite well put up.last_img read more

Kolkata Police arrests three from Ruby Crossing on charges of theft

first_imgKolkata: Kolkata Police has arrested three teenagers from Ruby Crossing on charges of snatching gold jewellery worth Rs 9 lakh.Besides the gold jewellery, there was Rs 1.10 lakh in cash and a mobile phone in the bag that was snatched away.Police said a jewellery shop owner Rajesh Chandra Pal lodged a complaint with the Survey Park police station on July 31, alleging that his bag was snatched away when he was returning after having closed his shop at Santosh Avenue in South Kolkata. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeHe told the police that two youths came on a motorbike from behind and snatched away the bag. The police have initiated a probe and went through footages of total 18 surveillance cameras in the area. Investigation revealed that there were three youths involved in the crime. A motorbike and a bicycle were used to carry out the same.A civic volunteer posted at the Panchasayar Police Station identified one of the three youths, who is from Mukundapur. The police were keeping a watch on him. They also found him contacting the other two over phone. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedThey finally decided to meet at the Ruby Crossing.After meeting, they took a south-bound bus. The police following them. A plain-clothed policeman stopped the bus and arrested those three — Suman De, Bishnu Das and Ranjan Das.The police have recovered the entire gold jewellery. But they have used a major part of the cash to buy two motorbikes and two mobile phones. Around Rs 38,500 cash has been recovered. The motorbike and the bicycle used to commit the crime were also seized.Investigation revealed that they did a recce of the place before executing the plan to know the easy exit route.last_img read more