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No takers for Tunday’s kebabs without beef

first_imgFor more than a century, Tunday Kababi, Lucknow’s iconic kebab shop, has satisfied connoisseurs with its delicious galawati kebabs made from buffalo meat. On any given day, the restaurant in the heart of old Lucknow’s Chowk locality bustles with customers, who do not mind waiting in long queues for a bite of their favourite kebabs.But all that had changed on Thursday with only a couple of tables occupied and most waiters sitting idle. There was an unusual calm at the place, a far cry from its daily business.“Aap khud hi dekh sakte hai, kaisa sannata hai. Aaram se baithe hai hum, aam dino mein baithne ki fursat nahi hoti. (You can see for yourself how deserted the place is. Under normal conditions, we would not have a moment to rest),” says Tunday’s caretaker Mohammad Farooq.The iconic restaurant has been hit hard by a shortage of buffalo meat following the State government’s crackdown on illegal slaughterhouses. As buffalo meat is no longer available, Tunday Kababi’s Chowk outlet was forced to shut down on Wednesday. It reopened on Thursday but with the USP of its menu missing. For the first time since its inception, the restaurant served mutton and chicken kebabs, instead of its mainstay, beef. Stickers pasted on the walls of the outlet informed customers of the change.“This is for the first time in my 62 years of life that this joint is selling chicken kebabs. We have always sold beef. The customers come here especially for bade ka kabab (beef kebabs) and do not care much about other meat,” says Mr. Farooq.Customers unhappyAs their favourite items go missing from the menu, the flow of customers has also dipped. Mohammad Tauqeer, a retired government official, arrived at the outlet to purchase his favourite beef kebabs and paranthe but was disappointed. Would he try the chicken or mutton kebabs? “I am not interested [in mutton and chicken]. I just don’t get the same taste,” Mr. Tauqeer said, as he walked off empty-handed.Abbas (29), arrived to encounter the same dilemma. He, was, however, ready to give the new items a try. “I am a foodie. It is difficult to replace the taste [of beef kebabs]. It is not the same,” he said.In its election manifesto, the BJP promised to shut down all mechanised abattoirs and illegal slaughterhouses in U.P. Within a couple of days after coming to power, the Adityanath government swung into action, sealing slaughterhouses allegedly running without licence. “We welcome the move to shut illegal slaughterhouses. We request the government to ensure that those slaughterhouses with licence be allowed to run,” said Mr. Farooq.last_img read more

Activists intercept nine trucks transporting river sand, stones

first_imgActivists of Thoubal River Conservation Committee on Saturday morning intercepted nine trucks transporting sand and stones scooped from the riverbed in Thoubal district of Manipur and forced the drivers to dump the same on the premises of a youth club.The activists have been urging passengers to halt and see how polluted the river water has become. They said the nine trucks were transporting sand and stones ignoring the campaign to save the dying river.S. Binoy, an activist, said the Thoubal river meanders through several Assembly segments in Manipur. The sand mafia is so powerful that even elected representatives and government officials are not able to take any action against them. “In the past people used to scoop sand and pebbles using spades and baskets. However, a few years ago, they started using heavy machinery. Some people also are bringing muddy sand from nearby areas to wash in the river,” said Mr. Binoy.Polluted water People of Thoubal have been urging the BJP-led State government to ban the scooping of sand and stones from the riverbed. A resident, Biren Akoijam, said: “For generations people have been dependent on the Thoubal river for drinking and domestic requirements. But now the river water has become polluted and muddy and people can no longer use it.”The government has assured several times that the illegal scooping of sand from the river will be stopped but no concrete steps have been taken so far.Prices of sand and pebbles in Manipur have soared on the pretext that the same cannot be scooped from the Thoubal river. Questioning the silence of the government over the issue, the activists said that they will launch an agitation if the sand scooping is not stopped immediately.Recently, one policeman was suspended when he was caught on camera extorting money from some drivers transporting sand.last_img read more

ISL 2019-20: Odisha FC Play First ‘Home’ Match Against ATK in Pune

first_img Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. atkfootballindian footballindian super league First Published: November 24, 2019, 12:49 PM IST Pune: Odisha FC play their first home game when they square-off against high flying ATK in the Indian Super League 2019-20 at the Shree Shiv Chhatrapati Sports Complex in Pune on Sunday.Josep Gombau’s side have amassed four points from as many fixtures and have scored and conceded six goals so far. The Spanish coach had plenty of time during the international break to work with his squad, given that only one player, Vinit Rai, had to report for national duty. After suffering back-to-back defeats in their opening two games, they came back strongly to pick an important win in Mumbai. However, they followed it up with a draw in Kerala.”We were playing good football in the first three games. The last game was not that good (against Kerala). We did well in the first two matches, but did not get the result. This is football. Tomorrow (Sunday) is an important game. ATK are a very good team and are at the top of the table. They have good footballers in their squad. But we are ready to compete and have the mentality to get all three points,” said Gombau.Table-toppers ATK will be hard-pressed to ensure they do not lose the momentum gained after three consecutive wins before the break. Roy Krishna and David Williams have set the league on fire with their camaraderie upfront, having scored six goals between them.Odisha’s defence will have to be at their very best to blunt ATK’s talented forwards. However, the Kolkata-based side will be without the services of midfielder Pronay Halder who suffered a shoulder injury in India’s away game against Oman earlier this week.ATK have the firepower to play a game as per the situation demands. For example, in their away game against Chennaiyin FC, they preferred to hit on the counter, instead of taking the game to the opponent. While in their home matches, they have always dictated terms and have played on the front foot.”We have a style of football. Our philosophy is that you respect the opponent and play the 90 minutes. We always focus on the next three points. You can’t win every match. But we focus from match-to-match. We have to run and not jump,” said coach Antonio Habas.The wily Spaniard, who is no stranger to the Shree Shiv Chhatrapati Sports Complex will look to mastermind a fourth win on the bounce for ATK while his compatriot will be busy trying to arrest ATK’s momentum. last_img read more

Xiaomi’s Redmi Note 3 to launch in India today

first_imgXiaomi was off to a good start at MWC and the company seemsdedicated towards delivering the promises it made. Following the promise,Xiaomi will today launch the Redmi Note 3 in India. The company announced the theevent on its public forum.The forumstated, “Mi cares fans as friends and is well aware that every one of youhas been asking about the launch date. We heard you. The wait is over. Mi iscoming to India on March 3rd with the beast you guys desire. Yes, it is thelaunch for Redmi Note 3.”The users who want to register for the event can do so after12:30 pm at the venue (Talkatora Stadium, New Delhi). The event is scheduled at 2pm IST andfans who reach the event early will also stand a chance to win a gift pack fromthe company. The forum declared, “Mi is inviting every one of you to thelaunch event in New Delhi. We will reserve entrance tickets for fans and theyare for free. Fans who reach the venue at an early time will get a gift packfrom Mi as well.” Redmi Note 3 is an interesting addition to the company’smid-range line-up as it will be the first device to sport Qualcomm’s newSnapdragon 650 chipset. The processor will be paired with 2/3GB RAM dependingon the storage space of the device. The device is equipped with a 5.5 inchFullHD screen and comes with a 13Megapixel primary camera and a 5Megapixelfront facing snapper. advertisementlast_img read more

HC-DDCA 2 LAST

first_imgDDCAs counsel had said that Azad also indulged in makingDDCAs counsel had said that Azad also indulged in making such statements “which were made solely with an agenda to defame and cause harm to the plaintiff (DDCA) for self-serving and motivated reasons”.DDCA has claimed that the allegations regarding financial irregularities and corruption in selections at the junior level were “maligning the image” of the cricket body.”Consequently, DDCA has suffered a loss of more than Rs 500 crore. However, DDCA is choosing to file the present suit for the damages arising out of the said defamation by the defendants, in the sum of Rs five crore (Rs 2.5 crore each).”In addition to this, a public apology is also demanded by DDCA from Kejriwal and Azad,” the complaint has said.It has alleged that Kejriwal and Azad have “flagrantly violated all principles of responsible behaviour and ethics”. PTI PPS ABA HMP ARClast_img read more

Is IPL a sports or commercial activity: Bombay HC asks MCA

first_imgMumbai, Jun 30 (PTI) The Bombay High Court today asked if the Indian Premier League (IPL) cricket tournament was a sports or a commercial activity and if the Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA) had taken water from the BMC for ground and pitch maintenance during the IPL this year.A bench of justices A S Oka and Vibha Kankanwadi posed the query while hearing a petition filed by civil society Loksatta Movement in 2016 raising concerns over water usage for ground management during the IPL when the state was reeling under drought.In April 2016, the high court had directed the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) to shift all the IPL matches to be held in Maharashtra after April 30 outside the state due to the severe drought conditions.The bench today sought to know from the MCA, which manages the Wankhede stadium in south Mumbai, if it had taken water from the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) to maintain ground and pitch during the IPL matches this year.”We would also like to know from the MCA if the IPL is considered as a sports activity or a commercial activity,” Justice Oka said.The query was made after it was pointed out to the court that as per the government policy, water supply is divided on priority basis into four categories. As per the policy, supply of water for drinking purposes comes first and supply of water for events such as shahi snan (royal bath) falls in the last category.”Category C in the policy says water supply for industrial and commercial purposes. So does IPL fall under this category? Is it a commercial activity?” Justice Oka asked.advertisementThe court directed the MCA to file an affidavit also detailing which other activities are held at the Wankhede stadium and if they are sports or commercial activities.The court has posted the petition for further hearing on August 14. PTI SP NP RAXlast_img read more

Glenn McGrath in awe of Jasprit Bumrah: Never seen anyone quite like him

first_imgLegendary Australian fast bowler Glenn McGrath has heaped praise on Jasprit Bumrah, saying the in-form India pacer is one the kind in international cricket.McGrath, who watched the Australian team struggle against Virat Kohli’s visiting team in the ongoing Boxing Day Test, added that Bumrah’s variety has made him a crucial player of the Indian attack in the ongoing four-Test series in Australia.Bumrah has been making headlines for impressively leading the Indian pace attack Down Under. The 25-year-old fast bowler, who made his Test debut only earlier this year, is leading the wicket-takers list in the ongoing series, with 19 wickets, two more than nearest-rival Nathan Lyon.Bumrah has put India in the brink of a historic Boxing Day Test win in Australia as he ran through the hosts’ fragile batting line-up with a six-for in the first innings. Tim Paine’s men eventually folded for 151 and are reeling at 258 for 8, chasing 399 at stumps on Day 4 of the ongoing Test in Melbourne.”It’s hard for the batsmen to pick him. Bumrah is strong, bowls at a good pace and gets the ball to lift awkwardly. I have never seen anybody quite like Bumrah. He has a short run-up but powers through to the crease. And he has such an unusual, quick, whippy action,” McGrath told Sportstar.He added: “He can both take the ball away and bring it in. And he has a good yorker. Bumrah has been a huge factor in the Indian attack in this series.Bumrah’s unusual action and the consistent pace has left the Australian batsman searching for answers. The nippy pacer’s ability to be spiteful both with the new ball and the old one has been a huge boost to Kohli’s visiting team.advertisementSpeaking to the media after the fourth day’s play in Melbourne, India’s bowling coach Bharat Arun said Bumrah’s unusual action has made life difficult for most opposition batsmen. He also insisted that coaches had to work hard with Bumrah as his unusual action leads to a lot of stress.Bumrah, who was touted as a white-ball specialist, made a surprise debut during India’s tour of South Africa earlier this year. Ever since the Mumbai Indians pacer has adapted to red ball wonderfully well and is now the joint-highest Indian wicket-taker along with Mohammed Shami in Tests in 2018 with 47 wickets.”We were extremely confident of Bumrah doing well even before he started playing Tests because he was unique and most batsmen who played against him said it was difficult to pick him,” Arun said.”I had the opportunity to work with Bumrah when he was at U-19 level and when I was with NCA. I felt Bumrah was able to generate a lot of pace with his action, but puts a lot of strain on his body. It was a challenge and we had discussions with the physios and trainers. We came to the conclusion that we need to work on him to become extremely strong to be able to sustain his bowling.”Also Read | Jasprit Bumrah always wants to learn and experiment: Sunil GavaskarAlso Read | Jasprit Bumrah a workhorse, he will soon be world’s best bowler: Michael ClarkeAlso Read | Bumrah talks up India domestic cricket after Kerry O’Keeffe’s controversial remarksAlso See:last_img read more

Fashionista Serena Williams launches ‘Serena-tard’ at the Australian Open

first_imgSerena Williams has long taken advantage of the licence for players to express themselves through their clothing at the Australian Open and on Tuesday was at it again during her first round match against Germany’s Tatjana Maria.The 23-times Grand Slam champion warmed up on Rod Laver Arena in a long, black raincoat which she discarded to reveal a figure-hugging, bottle green one-piece costume paired with fish-net compression stockings.”It’s a Serena-tard,” the 37-year-old later told a news conference to laughter, adding that she thought it “an incredibly strong, powerful statement for moms that are trying to get back and get fit”.She’s baaaaack @SerenaWilliams begins her #AusOpen campaign against Tatjana Maria. pic.twitter.com/h0TQQvc94d#AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 15, 2019ICYMI: After warming-up in a black raincoat, @serenawilliams reveals her 2019 #AusOpen outfit: a jade green jumpsuit complete with fishnet stockings. pic.twitter.com/byTyB4n8AG#AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 15, 2019While the Australian and U.S. Opens take a laissez-faire attitude to what players wear, Wimbledon has a very strict dress code and the French Open will be ramping up their restrictions after Williams wore a black spandex catsuit last year.French Tennis Federation president Bernard Giudicelli told Tennis Magazine last August that the catsuit was a step “too far” and that players would be expected to “respect” the tournament in the future.Speeding through #AusOpen pic.twitter.com/tNl9kmFdUT#AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 15, 2019For Williams, the catsuit, she said, made her feel like a “superhero”, and the compression stockings she will wear for the duration of the tournament at Melbourne Park, have a more serious purpose.advertisementThe American has previously spoken about health concerns over blood clots and the possibility of suffering Deep Vein Thrombosis since she had her daughter by Caesarean section in September 2017.”Definitely still concerned,” she said on Tuesday. “I have had some issues, and they’re not done. So it’s just something I just have to do for pretty much probably the rest of my career, we’ll see. But I’m always at the doctor.”With DVT, it’s very scary. A lot of people have them. Especially for me it’s incredibly frightening. I lay on the side of precaution as opposed to not.””I have so many good memories of the last time I was here…honestly it was the best win of my career.”- @serenawilliams #AusOpen pic.twitter.com/d1Xnygn577#AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 15, 2019Returning to the Australian Open for the first time since winning it in 2017 while pregnant with her daughter, Williams on Tuesday made short work of Maria, who was wearing a more conventional black and lilac outfit.last_img read more

14 days agoAtletico Madrid boss Simeone rates Thomas ahead of Rodri

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Atletico Madrid boss Simeone rates Thomas ahead of Rodriby Carlos Volcano14 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveAtletico Madrid boss Diego Simeone rates Thomas Partey as a better prospect than Rodri.Atletico lost Rodri to Manchester City over the summer, which saw Simeone promote Thomas into his role.And the coach says: “Last year I put in Thomas for Rodrigo, but I was criticised. “Thomas is more vertical, Rodrigo more horizontal. Thomas gives the team more direction, I put him in and they killed me for not putting in Rodrigo. He is a great player, but Thomas, when he manages to maintain consistency and balance. He has goals, arrival, assists, a shot… “Not everyone has all this.” last_img read more

Ohio State Football: Video: This Is How Ohio State’s Taylor Decker, One Of The Country’s Best OT, Prepares For The Season

first_imgOhio State OL Taylor Decker working out in the offseason.Ohio State OL Taylor DeckerEver wonder how offensive linemen hone their craft and prepare for the upcoming season? Wonder no more. Ohio State has released a short workout video featuring senior offensive tackle Taylor Decker, one of the country’s best players at his position and a potential first-round pick in the 2016 NFL Draft. Check it out: Our leader Taylor Decker putting in work to be the best. The Grind! pic.twitter.com/6hOCYwBg4A— Urban Meyer (@OSUCoachMeyer) June 4, 2015Good luck trying to get to the quarterback when he’s in front of you, defensive linemen.last_img read more

Gold Cup final just a step in Martino’s plan

first_imgMexico has one focus in tomorrow’s Gold Cup final.  Ask forward Raul Jimenez: “Well, tomorrow I think all we want is to win. To have the cup at the end of the game. We’re in good form. We’re recovered now from the other two games and we know what we’re playing for. At the end, we want to win.” Ask goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa: “Tomorrow we’re going to do what we want to do, make sure all the effort and commitment and sacrifice we’ve made is worth it.”  Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare The goal is the same for manager Tata Martino as well. The Mexico coach feels his team is obligated to win the Gold Cup by beating the United States. “(The obligation) doesn’t change. I’ve seen a lot of Gold Cups and I know that Mexico is obligated to win. We’ve never hidden Mexico’s responsibility,” he said at a news conference Saturday. “We got here and we’re still backing that. We’re in the final and we’re still going. “But I think also you have to look at the full context a little bit, beyond the fact that it would be a big disappointment not to win the cup. We also know we have to keep moving forward, getting better because maybe the most important goal, yes, is a bit more long-term.” What if Mexico doesn’t win?  For Martino, it wouldn’t be a crisis. He knows he’d have to deal with a fair bit of blow-back, of chatter in the press, of frustration and fury from fans. Yet, Martino says the focus is further down the road than Sunday’s rivalry matchup against the U.S national team. Asked about whether he’d be prepared to cope with a loss, the manager said the furor will happen no matter what. What matters is the response as the team builds toward the 2022 World Cup. Guillermo Ochoa Mexico Gold Cup 06092019“In whatever situation you lose, what happens in the environment is what you mentioned is going to happen, but it’s fine,” he said. “In this tournament, there are how many teams, 12? (There are 16.) And there are 11 that have to be ready to lose, one to win. That’s why I’m saying I’m talking about different goals: One, undoubtedly, is to win because that’s why we’re here – to win – but also with the five or six months we’ve had leading the national team there are other secondary goals that we can never lose sight of because it involves a four-year process. You have to work with the close-up view but also the long-term view. It’s interesting to hear Martino speak about taking the long view. He’s a coach who hasn’t often stayed long in jobs, and he’s in a position where coaches haven’t often stayed long. He returned to the international game for the change of pace, looking to spend more time with family and to have a less frustrating daily grind than he did coaching a club like Atlanta United. Martino seems pleased with the first half-year of his tenure and confident he can continue to get what he wants out of the team with the resources he has. He’s also expressed the idea now on multiple occasions that while he would’ve preferred to have typical stars such as Carlos Vela, Hector Herrera and Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez for this tournament run, the minutes that have fallen to young players with those veterans not in the squad will be helpful down the road. Mexico Gold Cup 2019“Above all, those guys who are playing their first matches with the senior national team have been at the level this tournament is. It’s not easy to find yourself as a first-timer and suddenly be in the Gold Cup,” Martino said. Roberto Alvarado, Edson Alvarez, Uriel Antuna, Carlos Rodriguez and others have pulled their weight in this tournament and will be in the mix for World Cup qualification as well. Diego Lainez and Jose Juan Macias took part in the U-20 World Cup but also have a future with the senior team in the near-term. Mexico needs that. Even the players who are present, players like Ochoa, midfielder Andres Guardado and center back Hector Moreno will be well into the back end of their careers when the next World Cup rolls around. “We believe that in a tournament like the Gold Cup, we can try to pin down an idea, have young players available for tomorrow to be in the senior national team and also we’re here to win it,” the coach said. “There are several goals, and not all of them are reduced to what can happen tomorrow at the end of the match.” The focus is singular, but the goals are many. Mexico will give its all to win the Gold Cup tomorrow, but if it doesn’t lift the trophy, it will turn its head toward the next challenge. There are many on the horizon.last_img read more

Boston Celebrates Lighting of Nova Scotia Tree

first_imgA tradition of gratitude and holiday cheer continues today, Nov. 29, as a 15-meter (50-foot) Christmas tree from Nova Scotia takes centre stage at the annual Tree Lighting Ceremony in Boston. The ceremony will take place at 8 p.m. (7 p.m. in Boston) and will be televised to an estimated viewing audience of 300,000 on WCVB Boston Channel 5, an ABC affiliate channel available in Atlantic Canada on cable. “For thousands of Nova Scotians and New Englanders, this event is the kickoff to the holiday season,” said Deputy Premier Frank Corbett. “We’re so very proud that a Nova Scotia Christmas tree is at the centre of this celebration, and I know the people of Boston are grateful for this gift.” Paul and Jan Hicks and their children Colin and Matthew from Jordan Bay, Shelburne Co., donated this year’s tree to Boston. The Christmas tree is an annual gift in recognition of the help provided in the aftermath of the Halifax Explosion on Dec. 6, 1917. “In the aftermath of the Halifax explosion, a bond developed between the people of Boston and Nova Scotia that has grown even stronger,” said Thomas M. Menino, Mayor of Boston. “We celebrate the strength, resilience and generosity of our friends to the north with their annual gift of the Christmas tree that stands at the centre of our holiday celebration to be enjoyed by tens of thousands of residents and visitors.” Nova Scotia is the title sponsor of the tree-lighting ceremony and the exclusive sponsor of the WCVB broadcast that will provide exposure to the province through commercials and other on-air mentions. Before the tree lighting, a delegation from Nova Scotia, including members of the percussion band SQUID, entertained early morning commuters, encouraging them to think about Nova Scotia and attend this evening’s festivities. Mr. Corbett also toured a local school and visited a gallery of images from the Halifax Explosion, now on display at Boston’s City Hall. This evening, Royal Canadian Mounted Police Cpl. Addie MacCallum and Const. Scott MacKenzie will lead a procession of Nova Scotians and expatriates through the streets of Boston to the lighting. Highlights of the lighting and Nova Scotia’s activity in Boston can be found on Twitter @treeforBoston and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/treeforBoston .last_img read more

Aboriginal Affairs tosses treaty medals in trash

first_imgAPTN National NewsThey’re hailed as sacred pieces of Canadian history, recognizable and symbolic on many levels.That’s why some people are asking why and how did several treaty medals end up in the Aboriginal Affairs garbage cans in Saskatchewan?APTN’s Larissa Burnouf went looking for the answer.last_img

Finance Minister James presents balanced budget this year

first_imgThe Finance Minister said the provincial economy experienced stronger than previously forecast economic growth last year. Because of that performance, James said her Ministry now forecasts the economy will grow by 3.4 percent this year, up from the 2.9 percent estimated last fall. The government plans to run a series of surpluses over the next three years, though only by small margins.This year’s budget projects a surplus of $219 million, rising to $281 million next year, and $284 million by 2020. James said the government has implemented a forecast allowance of $350 million in 2018-19, $500 million in 2019-20 and $600 million in 2020-21. The Province will also have a contingency of $550 million this year, $750 million next year, and $750 million in 2020-21.After continuing the promise by the previous Liberal government one year ago that MSP premiums would be reduced by 50 percent starting this year, the government announced that MSP premiums would be eliminated by January 1st, 2020. Revenue from the premiums, which totalled $2.6 billion last year, will be replaced by an employer health payroll tax.Businesses with a payroll of more than $1.5 million, will pay a tax rate of 1.95 percent on their total payroll, businesses with a payroll between $500,000 and $1.5 million will pay a reduced tax rate, while small businesses with payrolls lower than $500,000 will not pay any tax. The new employer health tax is forecast by the government to bring in $1.9 billion per year starting next year.The entire 2018 Budget can be read here: http://bcbudget.gov.bc.ca/2018/bfp/2018_Budget_and_Fiscal_Plan.pdf VICTORIA, B.C. — B.C. Finance Minister Carole James delivered the Province’s budget for 2018 in the Legislature today, saying the government plans to run a surplus of $219 million this year.In the NDP’s first full budget since ousting the BC Liberals last June, James announced that the government will be making the areas of childcare and housing affordability as its top priority. James said the government will introduce a new affordable child-care benefit that will reduce child-care costs by up to $1,250 per month for every child and support 86,000 families per year by 2020-21. Up to $350 per month will be provided directly to licensed childcare providers to reduce fees for an estimated 50,000 families per year by 2020-21.“Budgets are not only about the bottom line, they should be about people. That’s why British Columbians are at the centre of every choice we have made in Budget 2018,” said James. “These include historic investments in child care and affordable housing that will be felt for generations.”last_img read more

Fort Nelson expected to see summertime snow this weekend

first_imgMeanwhile, Fort St. John and the Peace is expected to receive a significant amount of rain this weekend and into Monday. For Saturday, we could see anyway between 5 to 10 mm, with the same expected for Sunday and Monday.If you plan on travelling this weekend, be sure to check DriveBC.ca for up-to-date travel information and road conditions. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Higher elevations in Northern British Columbia, such as the Fort Nelson area, could receive snow over the weekend.According to Environment Canada Meteorologist, Doug Lundquist, Fort Nelson and surrounding area could receive a light dusting of snow this weekend.The snow is expected to start sometime late afternoon on Saturday and wrapping up early Monday morning as the temperature is expected to rise once again to more seasonal levels.last_img read more

Tonga director can’t rule out sabotage in internet outage

WELLINGTON, New Zealand — A director of the company which operates Tonga’s undersea internet cable says he can’t rule out sabotage as breaking the cable which plunged the Pacific nation into virtual darkness for almost two weeks.Piveni Piukala, a director of Tonga Cable Ltd., said Monday that crews found two breaks along the fiber-optic cable that connects Tonga with the rest of the world. He says they found another two breaks and rope entangled on a separate domestic cable several kilometres (miles) away that connects the main island with some of Tonga’s outer islands.About 90 per cent of people in Tonga had full internet access restored by Saturday after crews finished repairing the international cable. Piukala says they hope to finish repairs to the domestic cable by Tuesday.The Associated Press read more

UN agency urges release of Laotians held in Thailand for more than

14 January 2008The United Nations refugee agency has called for the release of 149 Lao Hmong, including many children, who have been held in sub-standard conditions in a Thai detention centre since they were rounded up for deportation more than a year ago. “There is no basis for the detention of these 149 people,” Assistant UN High Commissioner for Protection Erika Feller said in a news release. “They have been recognized as in need of international protection, and they should be allowed to take up the offer already made to them to leave Thailand and start to live productive lives and have a future in other countries.”The UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) recognizes that efforts have been made by Thailand to improve somewhat the conditions in the Nong Khai Immigration Detention Centre on the border with Laos; the people are now allowed out of their two cells for three hours a day.But these do not go far enough and overall conditions still fall well short of international standards, and no one should be detained for an indefinite period, UNHCR said. The refugees were rounded up for deportation in Bangkok on 17 November 2006. They were transferred on 8 December 2006 to Nong Khai.“The group – including many children – have now spent 400 nights in detention when they have not committed any crime,” Ms. Feller noted. “We are particularly concerned that 90 children, including five born in detention, are being held in these sub-standard conditions. They should not be locked up and should be getting a proper education.”UNHCR is also concerned for other asylum seekers and refugees, including many more children, held in various detention centres in Thailand, particularly in Bangkok. read more

Iraq UN envoy welcomes relocation of first group of Iranian exiles to

“The residents’ arrival in Albania late last night is an encouraging first step in the relocation of the group of 210 residents the Albanian government has agreed to receive,” said the UN Special Representative for the Secretary-General and head of the UN Assistance Mission in Iraq (UNAMI), Martin Kobler. More than 3,000 residents, most of them members of a group known as the People’s Mojahedeen of Iran, are temporarily housed in a transit facility called Camp Liberty – also know as Camp Hurriya – while the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) carries out a process to determine their refugee status.Mr. Kobler said that the departure of the group from Iraq is in accordance with the memorandum of understanding of 25 December 2011, which foresees the relocation of the residents to third countries. “I thank the Government of Albania and encourage other Member States to come forward and to receive residents in their countries as well.”Following the original offer by the Albania Government to assist in the resettlement, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said he “unequivocally supports” Mr. Kobler’s efforts “to courageously and creatively, in exceptionally difficult circumstances, help resolve this situation.”In addition, in his recent report about the situation in Iraq, Mr. Ban urged those who express support for the residents of Camp Hurriya and the remaining residents of another camp, New Iraq, to stop spreading insults and falsehoods about Mr. Kobler and instead help to promote a durable solution.Following Albania’s announcement, the Government of Germany offered humanitarian admission for approximately 100 residents of the camp. read more

In Cairo Ban urges parties to Gaza conflict to end cycle of

“We are here to stand with the people of Gaza who have endured a terrible summer of suffering,” said Mr. Ban in his remarks to the Cairo Conference on Gaza attended by the President of the State of Palestine, Mahmoud Abbas, and several foreign ministers including of Egypt, and Norway. Mr. Ban’s spokesperson announced today that the UN Chief will visit Gaza on Tuesday to help advance reconstruction efforts. More than 2,100 Palestinians were killed in the recent 51-day conflict, along with more than 70 Israelis. Almost one-third of Gaza’s population was uprooted from their homes and entire neighborhoods were flattened. The Secretary –General recalled how in 2009, the international community gathered in Sharm el-Sheikh in the wake of another devastating war in Gaza. “We pledged our support. We expressed our commitment. We resolved to rebuild. And yet here we are again. The cycle of building and destroying has continued– only worse,” said Mr. Ban. This time around, dozens of schools, hospitals and clinics were destroyed or damaged. UN facilities sheltering women and children were hit, resulting in many casualties. Eleven staff members of the UN were killed in the course of the conflict.Meanwhile rockets fired by Hamas and other armed groups from Gaza continued to be fired indiscriminately causing fear, panic and suffering, said Mr. Ban. Children of Gaza who have not yet reached grade three have already lived through three wars.To effectively respond, the UN and partners in Palestine are working with the Palestinian Government to develop the “Gaza Crisis Appeal”. The “UN Support Plan for the Transformation of the Gaza Strip” amounts to about $2.1 billion for early recovery and reconstruction efforts. But ultimately, the successful reconstruction of Gaza requires a strong political foundation, said Mr. Ban, adding that the comprehensive reconciliation agreement reached in Cairo on 25 September was a promising first step. Mr. Ban pledged UN support for the Government of National Consensus as it manages Gaza’s reconstruction needs and said he was encouraged by the recent historic Palestinian unity government meeting in Gaza led by Palestinian Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah.Promoting an environment conducive for peace must include an investigation into potential violations of international humanitarian law by all parties to the conflict, Mr. Ban added. It was equally important to make the most of the opportunity presented by the upcoming Cairo talks, strengthen the ceasefire to return to broader peace talks and refrain from unilateral actions which only exacerbate tensions and resentment.“Gaza remains a tinderbox,” said Mr. Ban, reiterating the need to address the root causes of the recent hostilities: a restrictive occupation that has lasted almost half a century, the continued denial of Palestinian rights and the lack of tangible progress in peace negotiations.All parties must come together to chart a clear course towards a just and final peace — including achieving a full lifting of the blockade, ensuring Israel’s legitimate security concerns; and establishing two States living side by side in peace and security. “I do not want my successors or yours to make conferences such as this a ritual: building and destroying– and then expecting the international community to foot the bill,” the Secretary-General said. read more