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The Final Journey

first_imgHe lost his father when he was 5, his family was rendered penniless and homeless by the ravages of partition, and yet Sunil Dutt roughed through life with passion and grace. A successful radio career led to a foray into films. Mother India catapulted him to fame and brought the luminous Nargis into his life. The charismatic couple were renowned for their generosity, patriotism, and charitable efforts. They reaped the love of fans on screen for their formidable talent and off screen for their philanthropy. Life threw many curve balls at Sunil Dutt. He lost Nargis and a daughter in law to cancer, stood by his son Sanjay, who first battled drug addiction and later was arrested on charges of involvement in terrorism. Sunil Dutt survived close encounters with death, but never lost his zest for life. The public adulation he commanded is attested by the five parliamentary elections he won and in the thousands of mourners who took to the street, delaying his final yatra to the crematorium by over two hours.In an exclusive interview with Little India’s Kavita Chhibber, a few months before his sudden death on May 25, Sunil Dutt reminisced about his life, his transition from films to politics, and why the bend in the road was never the end of the road for him.I have grown up hearing about you and Nargisji, because my aunt was married to your cousin. Those times were the golden ones and as a young kid, I was always awestruck by the aura that surrounded both of you. And yet the beginnings were not as golden.My father died when I was 5 and my brother Som was an infant. My mother was only 22. We are originally from Khurd, in Punjab, and when partition happened, my family left in an army truck that carried them to a refugee camp. My mother did not even have time to bring any jewelry. My uncle was the only Hindu among his Muslim brethren. They had been our friends, tilled our land, and been like family, and yet he had to leave to save his life. It is never people who are good or bad. Circumstances make us what we are. It was my mother who encouraged me to look forward. With her permission I later moved to Bombay to study and find a good job.Bombay must have been very different in those days.Life was simple and so were the people. We could do with little money and still have fun. No five star hotel cuisine can compare to the food we had at the little dhabas and road side places. It was in Bombay that I was offered a job to host a radio program. I had to interview film stars and the program was very successful. While working on another program I came into contact with many film directors and was offered my first film Railway Platform. I made it a point to finish college, because it was my mother’s dream, and then accepted the role.It was Mother India that catapulted you to fame.I came from a family of non actors, so the entire credit for my performance goes to director Mehboob Khan, who was truly an actors’ director.And you fell in love! Your story seemed straight out of story books. Is that where you first met Nargisji? Your cousin Tilak Raj Dutt used to tell me that he always knew you had a crush on Nargisji because he asked you if there were any actresses worth writing home about and you said there were none except Nargis! Actually I saw her first at a premiere. She had a luminous aura, a rare beauty of goodness that shone through. It was as if she was from another world and beyond reach. Her generosity and kindness was something I discovered later when she took my ailing sister and had her operated upon quietly even though I didn’t know her very well. I always knew that the woman who would become my wife had to be someone who would be able to take care of my younger brother and sister and keep my mother happy. I realized soon after that she was the woman for me. One day I finally decided that the time had come to tell Nargisji how I felt about her and finally gathered enough courage to tell her on a drive back home how I felt. She didn’t say anything, but a couple of days later she told my sister to tell me her answer was yes. We were always supportive of each other. We formed the Ajanta Arts Cultural Troupe and were able to get leading actors and singers from the film industry, and held stage shows at border areas. Though we often roughed it out, sleeping in tents and shivering in sub-zero temperatures, it was worth it when we saw the joy in the eyes of our Jawans who fought to protect our borders and our people.I know that Nargisji was the only one for me. If she had said no to me, I don’t think I would have ever gotten married. I miss her to this day. Each time my life hits a new milestone, or there is a family celebration or even the hard times, my thoughts always go back to her. She would be so proud of her kids especially Sunjay.You also took up direction at a relatively early age. How much does an actor really learn while being in front of a camera?Well, a lot of actors just prefer to do their bit and go home. On the other hand I was always concerned with total Cinema. I spent a lot of time with Mehboob Khan during the making of Mother India, participating in story sessions, watching him compose shots, edit films.Shortly after, I produced two films, Mujhe Jeene Do and Yeh Raaste Hain Pyar Ke and even though I was only the producer, I remained deeply involved in every aspect of the film. After that I started planning a film revolving around just one actor, but the director did not turn up and at the last minute, I decided to direct the film myself. It was a challenge, but I went ahead, and today I feel very happy that I directed that film, Yaadein, because it was the World’s first feature film with one actor. I should be in the Guinness Book of World Records for that!You have acted in all kinds of films, both of value and the regular masala ones, but the pictures you made yourself always had a social theme. I think films are such a strong medium, they must be used to portray themes of value and issues that matter. Unfortunately, the majority of today’s films lack that substance, though technically, we have improved a lot. I became a producer and director at a very early stage of my career, and made films that underlined the social values of our times, but very often they were not commercially viable. In fact I was totally wiped out financially after the making of Reshma Aur Shera. It took me 10 years to pay back my debts, and revive my acting career as well. I did act in masala movies as you say, but I knew that I had to remain in the mainstream of Indian Cinema, to make the money I needed for my own films.Your film Yeh Aag Kab Bujhegi on the evils of dowry, was yet another feather in your cap, as was Dard Ka Rishta about a young child suffering from leukemia, and the agony her two parents who are both surgeons go through made soon after Nargisji’s death.Well, I had been very keen to make a film on the evils of dowry. I recall that in 1989, for example, about 600 brides were either burnt or killed or committed suicide, because of the dowry problem. So I was very keen to bring the evils of this practice to the masses, and I’m very glad I made the film. I’m a great admirer of women. They have been a great source of inspiration and I feel that whatever I’m today, is because of the women in my life, whether it was my mother, my sister, sweetheart or wife, or my daughters. My father died when I was five. I still remember my mother’s unflagging energy and her dedication towards her children. In fact I think I have inherited her ability to work non- stop. I had lost my wife to cancer and later my daughter in law. I don’t think people can even begin to imagine what the family goes through and not just the patient. Pain is universal and we are usually bound to each other through pain and the empathy it brings.The Nargis Dutt Cancer Foundation was founded in 1981, and has received so much support throughout the world, thanks to your efforts. There couldn’t be any better way of honoring your late wife’s memory.One morning in New York, my wife who had been battling cancer for ten months and had finally come out of a 2 1/2 month coma after 5 surgeries, sat pensively watching the snow flakes. I thought she was missing her family – she had this great desire to see her son as a bridegroom on a horse. When I asked her she said “I’m not missing my family or worrying about them or myself. I was only thinking that by bringing me here for treatment, you have turned me into a privileged person instead of the commoner I always thought myself to be. How many people can bring their loved ones to this country for treatment? If I ever recover, I’ll see to it that we have similar facilities in our country so that the poorest of the poor can be treated the way I was.” She died before her dream could be fulfilled. It was after her passing away, that I realized, how much love and affection she evoked in people, for it was not just I or the Dutt family, but millions of people who came forward, joined hands, and made her dream come true. Pakistani cricketer Imran Khan and I joined hands many years ago and in one evening raised 100,000 pounds from the Pakistani community in Birmingham, England, for a cancer hospital that he was constructing in Lahore, in his mother’s memory. She died of the same disease. Since then we have raised funds, given medical equipment and buses, and supported India’s first bone marrow transplant. Cancer is on the rise in India. The work is never ending but if you can help one person, if you can share each other’s pain you will always be able to get close to people, and it is one step towards self elevation. Today we see an explosion in drug use and the spread of AIDS in India and what we have done so far as a country is merely a drop in the ocean.You have always been so scrupulously honest and won each time you stood for elections. I recall how your statement that Punjab be renamed Khalistan being widely criticized in Parliament. Do you regret making that statement? How have these political years been over all? An honest politician is an oxymoron, and Congress is not the Congress of the old political stalwarts of our time, who were honorable and had integrity.When one speaks in Parliament, one thinks many times before one utters a word, and I am no exception, so I have never regretted anything that I have said to date. What I had said was if these people remain one of us and Punjab, a land of only 13 districts and 2 rivers is renamed Khalistan, there is no harm in that. After all we have changed the names of so many States- – there was no Maharastra, Gujarat, Mizoram, Nagaland or Tamilnadu for instance.Yes the Congress, the leaders I looked up to, are no longer there, and things have been disheartening and disappointing from time to time, but I believe that one of the greatest qualities any one can possess is loyalty. There are times I have been deeply hurt by what went on around me, but I have never minced my words when I see something that doesn’t seem right and the consequences are a small price to pay for having the courage of one’s conviction. I have a lot of respect for Sonia Gandhi. She has come through a lot. On one hand we call ourselves secular and on the other hand we make an issue of her Italian origins, when she gave so much of herself and let her husband enter politics to serve the country even though she didn’t want it. Her gesture to make Manmohan Singh Prime Minister, even when the tide rose her way, is an example of her compassion and sensitivity, and understanding of what works for India.The arrest of your son under TADA must have been a shocker…What happened with Sunjay was the biggest heartbreak in my life after my wife’s death. I knew they were trying to hit where it hurt the most. Every one knew he was framed and yet no one helped. My political opponents accused me of being a traitor forgetting all that my family and I had done for our people.Only Bal Thackeray openly supported me. I will always be grateful to Balasaheb for that. Our political views are different, but I respect and admire him in personal life. I think however it has made Sunjay a stronger person and I believe that God never gives you what you cannot handle. He went through a lot when his mother died. After he over came his addiction no one gave him any work. Again when he was arrested people shunned him, but he has bounced back with courage, and what life has put him through has resulted in tremendous growth for him both as an actor and a human being. I’m very proud of him today.Where do you see India and yourself in the near future?It is very exciting to see India emerging from the shadows in an economy that is impacting the world. However we are also bogged down by ignorance, racism and bigotry. I think the youth should be the pride and joy of our nation. We have to guide them and nurture them so they fulfill their true potential, and remain healthy in mind, body and spirit. We have to educate the masses about AIDS and how devastating drugs can be. The NRIs abroad are doing so much. They are so knowledgeable about world politics and are working so hard towards preserving our cultural heritage here. They are giving back both to their local community and to India, and it gives me tremendous hope that things will only get better. I am getting a little tired of politics, but each time I think I have had enough, I realize there is so much left to be done. The love that people have showered on me as an actor, as a politician and as a human being, binds me to them and I realize that as long as the people need me, I will be there for them. I survived a plane crash and paralysis, so I believe God spared me for a higher purpose and what could be greater than serving humanity.  Related Itemslast_img read more

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Anchor Leg: Bolt Gets Gold No. 9 with Another Runaway Win

first_imgRIO DE JANEIRO— Usain Bolt kneeled down and gave the track one final kiss, then flattened his hand, reached to the ground and slapped the white number “3” painted at the finish line.Three Olympics, three races at each, three gold medals every time.He could have just as easily slapped the number “1.” That would need no explanation.The man who transcended track and became a world-class celebrity bid a blazing-fast farewell to the Rio de Janeiro Games — and, he insists, the Olympics altogether — Friday night with yet another anchor leg for the ages. He turned a close 4×100 relay race against Japan and the United States into a typical, Bolt-like runaway, helping Jamaica cross the line in 37.27 seconds.“There you go,” he said. “I am the greatest.”Japan won the silver medal, finishing .33 seconds behind.The U.S. finished the race third but endured yet another relay debacle — disqualified because leadoff runner Mike Rodgers was ruled to have passed the baton to Justin Gatlin before the start of the first exchange zone. That promoted Canada to the bronze medal. The Americans were protesting the ruling, and as 3 a.m. Saturday approached in Brazil, there was no word on the outcome.“It was the twilight zone. It was a nightmare,” said Gatlin, who, along with his teammates, found out about the DQ while parading the U.S. flag around the track. “You work so hard with your teammates, guys you compete against almost all year long. All that hard work just crumbles.”If the ruling stands, it will mark the ninth time since 1995 the U.S. men have been disqualified or failed to get the baton around at the Olympics or world championships. (They blew a 10th medal, the silver at the London Games, after Tyson Gay’s doping positive.)The disqualification will cause more hand-wringing in the States.In Jamaica, they’ll party.Less pressure when you know you’re the fastest man out there.“As soon as I got the baton, I knew I was going to win this one,” Bolt said.His record in Olympic finals improved to nine victories over nine events.Nobody’s done that before, and nobody’s on the horizon to do it again soon.Along for Bolt’s final trip down the track were Nickel Ashmeade, training partner Yohan Blake and the Jamaican elder statesman, former world-record holder Asafa Powell.When Bolt received the yellow baton from Ashmeade for his final run down the straightaway, he was even, or maybe a step behind Aska Cambridge of Japan and Trayvon Bromell of the United States.That lasted about four steps.With 70 meters to go, it was over. Bolt looked at the clock — same as he did when he won the 200 the night before. No world record, but he still has a piece of that one, too — it’s 36.84 seconds, set four years ago at the London Games. He also owns the records in the 100 (9.58) and 200 (19.19).“I am just relieved. It’s happened. I am just happy, proud of myself. It’s come true,” said Bolt, who overcame a hamstring injury earlier in the summer, then shined throughout a seven-day, seven-race stint in Rio, counting all the heats. “The pressure is real. I look at it as an accomplishment.”Musical selection for Bolt’s final parade around the track: Bob Marley’s “Jammin.”With most of the other debates over about greatest this, greatest that, a new one might be whether Bolt has surpassed Marley as the most famous person from the country known for sea, sun and sprints.“Usain has done so much,” Powell said. “It’s hard to explain. He’s just a great athlete. He’s a legend.”Counting all the preliminaries, finals and his approximately nine-second blast down the stretch in Friday’s final race, Bolt has spent 325 seconds — a tad less than 5 1/2 minutes — sprinting on the track at the Olympics since he made his debut in Beijing eight years ago.Every tick of the clock has been a treasure. And while he may not close things out with 23 golds, the number Michael Phelps left Rio with earlier this week, it’s hard to argue there is anybody more successful or electric — or important to his sport, and the Olympics themselves.The anchor sport of the Olympics has been mired for decades, but especially over the past year, in a cesspool of doping, cheating and bad characters.When Bolt’s on the track, everyone forgets.“A great sprinter,” said Gay who, once upon a time, was Bolt’s biggest challenger. “Nine gold medals, words can’t even describe what he’s done for the sport.”So much of that is because the show isn’t over when he’s through running.After crossing the line for the last time, Bolt pumped his fist in the air, slowed down and took off those famous gold spikes. He huddled with his teammates and they prayed. Then, a final, luxurious lap around the track.“I’ll stay up late tonight,” Bolt said when asked how he’d celebrate.All week, when asked a hundred different ways if this really is his last Olympics, he kept saying yes. He said it once more as Friday night turned into Saturday morning.“Yeah, this is the last one, guys,” said the champion, who turns 30 on Sunday, the same day the Olympic cauldron is extinguished.Going so soon? It leaves the world to ponder: Without Bolt on the track, how will things ever be the same?TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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Hardik Pandya one of MI’s key weapons, I am a massive fan: CSK coach Stephen Fleming

first_imgHardik Pandya’s breathtaking all-round performance that set up Mumbai Indians’ 37-run win against defending champions Chennai Super Kings in an IPL game here has earned fulsome praise from rival team’s head coach Stephen Fleming.Pandya smashed an unbeaten 25 from just eight balls and in the company of big-hitting West Indian Kieron Pollard (17 not out from 7 balls) went for an all-out assault on the CSK bowling attack to help MI post 170 for 5 after struggling at 57 for 3 at halfway stage at the Wankhede Stadium.Pandya hit three sixes and one four in his unbeaten blitzkrieg and later picked up three wickets for 20 runs, including that of rival team skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni, to help MI halt CSK at 133 for 8 and hand them their first defeat of the season.”I am a massive fan (of Pandya), I think he is a wonderful player. His confidence is up, looks like he has a good thing going with what he is doing at the death. Plans should be now for teams to combat that. We were happy with what we were trying to do but executed it poorly,” said Fleming at the post-match media conference on Wednesday.”He is a quality player. I think he is one of Mumbai’s key weapons and one of India’s key players going forward. If you keep him out of the game you often go on to win. But today with both bat and ball he was excellent,” said the former New Zealand captain.Special to hit helicopter shot with @msdhoni watching: Hardik”Hoped MS would congratulate me after that shot “An overjoyed @hardikpandya7 talks about emulating inspiration MSD’s pet stroke against CSK. Interview by @Moulinparikh #MIvCSK @mipaltanhttps://t.co/jLLWXuZRYe pic.twitter.com/aci6s6cPBFadvertisementIndianPremierLeague (@IPL) April 4, 2019Fleming said his team was in control for the major part of the game.”Over the last 5-6 overs we came a little bit unstuck. We had an extra seamer. In the last three or four overs, the game got away from us. We had been keeping things simple but today it got a bit complicated. It was a tough ask,” he said.”In bowling, we were tight for the first 2/3rds but not in the last 1/3rd. A score of 150 would have been par for the course.”He agreed that a Twenty20 game should not extend for four hours as it did on Wednesday night.”I think it is going to call for a collective effort to speed up things. Moisture (because of dew) plays its part. Wiping the ball is a consideration. Cricket in general is played at a pace below what it needs to be. Cricket needs to be speeded up in all forms of the game. If it puts pressure on captains and bowlers, so be it. We need to ask captains and bowlers to be a little bit surer in their plans.”The CSK head coach also conceded that his team, with a lot of players in their thirties, could have fielded better.”That was one of the downsides with athletes who are a little bit older. Today we were a bit passive with movement around the field. We need to be at our absolute best. For the majority of the innings we were pretty good, but we are not going to be one of the top fielding sides in the competition,” Fleming said.Fleming defended the move to leave out senior off-spinner Harbhajan Singh from the playing eleven.”We are happy with what we have done (in picking the eleven). Today we were spot on (in picking an extra pace bowler). Harbhajan is bowling beautifully. We would expect him to get back in the team when conditions suit him.”Asked why Shane Watson was not being used as a bowler, Fleming said the big-built Australian was playing as a specialist batsman in the competition.”He has not bowled for quite a while, has not bowled in the Big Bash League. He is playing for us as a specialist batsman. It is a risk to ask him to bowl. His body is such that we did not want to risk him, especially as we have six bowlers.Also Read | MS Dhoni blames poor fielding and death bowling for CSK’s crushing defeat vs MIAlso Read | Wanted to play the brand of cricket Mumbai Indians are known for: Rohit SharmaAlso Read | Want to win World Cup for India: Hardik Pandya after heroics for MI vs CSKlast_img read more

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Meyer Turku Pushes Delivery of Costa Smeralda to November

first_imgzoomImage Courtesy: Meyer Turku Finnish shipbuilder Meyer Turku has delayed the delivery of Costa Cruises’ first LNG-powered ship by one month.According to the shipbuilder, the cruise company’s Costa Smeralda would be delivered in mid-November, instead of the previously scheduled mid-October deadline.“With its new cruise ship LNG propulsion system … the complexity and sophistication of the ship is very high in order to create a unique Costa-style passenger experience,” Meyer Turku said, adding that the 180,000 gross ton ship is much larger than the recently built vessel at the shipyard.In order to undertake these operations, Meyer Turku explained that it had a slower progress speed than needed, despite counter-actions.With the new time frame, the shipbuilder “is going to deliver a highly sophisticated cruise ship in the usual high Meyer Turku quality.”last_img read more

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Budget Bulletin Capital Spending

first_img Projects by CategoryThe 2009–10 capital budget provides for investments in the following six categories: Capital Grants The province provides allocations for capital spending purposes to broader public sector entities. Highways, $325 million Buildings (includes schools), $207.2 million Vehicles and equipment, $22.1 million Information technology, $38.6 million Land and land improvements, $81.3 million Grants to provincial entities, $121.8 million Total, $796 million a decrease of $29 million in budgeted highway projects due to timing of approvals on projects to be cost shared with the federal government a decrease of $20 million in the allocation for buildings relates to projects that are being delayed to allow further evaluation an increase of $66 million for land to allow the province to address land purchase requirements such as the goals contained in the Environmental Goals and Sustainable Prosperity Act. Capital grants to district health authorities (DHAs) are estimated to be $87.9 million for 2009–10. Capital grants of $32.2 million to Nova Scotia Housing Development Corporation, a provincially owned entity, will leverage federal cost sharing for social housing projects. Other entities such as the Trade Centre Ltd. and InNOVAcorp also receive funding for specific capital requests. For 2009–10 capital grants for these other entities is budgeted at $1.7 million. Agriculture, 350, 338, 880, 530 Community Services, 1,000, 537, 750, (250) Education, 79,728, 76,660, 182,091, 102,363 Environment, 1,355, 1,556, 1,546, 191 Finance, 1,665, 1,863, 7,017, 5,352 Fisheries and Aquaculture, 95, 74, 96, 1 Health, 33,259, 27,694, 28,459, (4,800) Health Promotion and Protection, 2,857, 914, 376, (2,481) Labour and Workforce Development, N/A, N/A, 2,130, 2,130 Natural Resources, 3,500, 3,377, 76,950, 73,450 Public Service, N/A, N/A, 2,344, 2,344 Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations, 2,192, 1,750, 1,157, (1,035) Tourism, Culture and Heritage, N/A, 1, 6,293, 6,293 Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal, 215,436, 249,922, 364,105, 148,669 Departmental Capital, 341,437, 364,686, 674,194, 332,757 Capital Grants, 56,241, 56,880, 121,791, 65,550 Total Provincial Capital, 397,678, 421,566, 795,985, 398,307 Less: Cost-Shared Revenue, (65,072), (39,365), (137,215), (72,143) Net Capital Expenditures, 332,606 382,201, 658,770, 326,164 Nova Scotia’s capital plan for 2009–10 will leverage available federal dollars and stimulate the provincial economy. Government plans to spend $796 million to build and repair roads and bridges, schools, health-care facilities, housing, and more. Special warrants issued in May and June approving capital spending above the 50 per cent of previous year’s budget allowed in legislation enabled many projects that started in previous years to continue. Therefore, this tangible capital asset (TCA) budget is based primarily on projects already in progress. Variances from the previously tabled TCA budget include: -30- NOTE: For further 2009–2010 budget information, see the Department of Finance website at www.gov.ns.ca/finance . Highways The TCA allocation for highways is $325.0 million for 2009–2010 and includes funding for roads, streets, highways, ferries, and bridges. Cost sharing on these projects is $97.0 million, $85.0 million from the federal government and $12.0 million from other sources, primarily municipalities. This investment allows the province to leverage as much federal cost sharing as possible, create jobs in Nova Scotia, and improve the province’s transportation infrastructure. Motive Fuel Tax and Registry of Motor Vehicles (RMV) Revenue The Provincial Finance Act requires government to use motive fuel taxes and net RMV revenue for highway construction and maintenance. For fiscal 2009–2010, the total estimated revenue for motive fuel taxes and net RMV revenue is $322.8 million, and the estimated total capital and operating spending for highways is $429.6 million. This means spending on highways will exceed revenue by $106.8 million. Buildings The total 2009–2010 capital allocation for building projects is $207.2 million. New school construction, additions and alterations to existing schools, and energy retrofits to various schools total $142.6 million. The Nova Scotia Community College (NSCC) Centre for the Built Environment and upgrades to various NSCC buildings around the province total $32.5 million. These investments will improve the learning environment for the province’s students. The capital allocation for the Department of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal will include $5.0 million for energy retrofits to provincial government buildings, $1.9 million for completion of work on Government House, and $7.9 million for renovations and upgrades to various government buildings around the province. Information Technology In fiscal 2009–2010 the TCA allocation for information technology (IT) projects is $38.6 million. Department of Health capital projects include $7.8 million for SAP for district health authorities and $20.7 million for other IT projects. The province is leveraging $13.5 million in federal cost-sharing dollars for Department of Health wait times IT projects. The Department of Education has been allocated $1.5 million to start the Student Information System project. Land and Land Improvements Land and land improvement projects include $81.3 million for parks and land purchases around the province. This allocation will provide funding to address opportunities that assist in meeting the province’s land purchase requirements, such as those contained in the Environmental Goals and Sustainable Prosperity Act. Vehicles and Equipment The allocation for vehicles and equipment for various government departments is $22.1 million and includes $6.0 million for the Bluenose II Restoration project (cost shared by the federal government), $5.5 million for school buses, $4.6 million for ambulances, $2.9 million to complete broadband towers, and $1.5 million for TMR (trunk mobile radio) towers. Cost-Shared Revenue During the development of the TCA budget the province worked with the federal government to maximize federal cost sharing on the province’s infrastructure priorities. TCA cost-shared revenue estimates have increased from $65.1 million in 2008–2009 to $137.2 million in 2009–2010. The federal government is the largest external contributor to capital projects, with $125.2 million in federal cost sharing included in the 2009–2010 budget. Total funding for projects includes $97.0 million for highways and $2.4 million for buildings for Department of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal projects, $19.1 million in the Department of Health, primarily for wait times information technology projects, $13.5 million for Department of Education projects, and $5.2 million for projects in other departments. 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Minister Appoints Mediator in Paramedic Negotiations

first_imgThe province appointed experienced mediator John Clarke today, June 5, to aid in contract negotiations between Emergency Medical Care Inc., and the International Union of Operating Engineers, Local 727. Labour and Advanced Education Minister Frank Corbett said the government is appointing a mediator in an effort to prevent a potential disruption in critical health services to the public. “No one wants to see a paramedic strike,” Mr. Corbett said. “I know both sides care deeply about patients, and I am confident they are working hard toward avoiding a work disruption. We believe in the principles of collective bargaining and we are optimistic a solution can be reached.” Mr. Clarke is a veteran mediator, arbitrator and lawyer from St. John’s, N.L., who has successfully mediated a number of disputes. Ground and air paramedics in Nova Scotia are employed by Emergency Medical Care Inc. Paramedics represented by the union will be in a legal strike position Saturday, June 8.last_img read more

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Olympian Adam van Koeverden wins federal Liberal nomination in Ontario riding

first_imgMILTON, Ont. — Former Olympic flag-bearer Adam van Koeverden will be carrying the Liberal banner into the coming federal election, after securing the nomination in the southern Ontario riding of Milton on Sunday.The 36-year-old kayaker, whose four Olympic medals are the most by any Canadian paddler, will be looking to defeat deputy Conservative leader Lisa Raitt, who has held the riding since its creation in 2015.The decorated athlete, who carried the Canadian flag in both Athens and Beijing, declared his intention to try for the Milton nomination in October.A website laying out the details of van Koeverden’s candidacy says his campaign will focus on traditional Liberal values with an emphasis on youth, sport, physical education and healthy communities.The party says in a statement that the “long-time Liberal … received early support from a broad spectrum of community and business leaders in Milton and spent several weeks knocking on doors and meeting with the families within the riding.”His nomination was not without controversy, as the party’s 2015 candidate, Azim Rizvee, claimed that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau pushed him to resign.“Prime Minister Justin Trudeau personally told me and my wife very aggressively that Adam van Koeverden is his preferred candidate for the Milton riding,” Rizvee said in a statement Saturday.“The Liberal party leadership did not allow me to contest the nomination so that (the) prime minister’s preferred candidate, Adam van Koeverden, can be nominated.”A spokesman for the Liberals said the Milton nomination was held in accordance with the party’s nomination rules, and more than 800 Liberal members turned out to vote.Braeden Caley declined to provide a breakdown of the results, but said the other nomination candidate was Mian Abubaqr, the president of the Milton riding association.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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Exploration company slapped with injunction over refusal to consult with Algonquin FN

first_imgAPTN National NewsOTTAWA–A northern Ontario First Nation won an injunction Wednesday against a junior exploration company that ignored provincial requests it consult with the Algonquin community before drilling on its traditional territory.An Ontario Superior Court judge sided with Wahgoshig First Nation and issued an injunction against Solid Gold Resources preventing the firm from doing any more work on the First Nation’s territory for 120 days.Justice Carole Brown ordered the company and the province to begin a consultation process with the community during the injunction period.Solid Gold president Darryl Stretch said he was disappointed with the decision.“It’s a bad day for junior exploration companies operating in Canada,” said Stretch.A community of about 250 people, Wahgoshig First Nations sits near Matheson, Ont., about 68 kilometres east of Timmins.Brown found that the firm “made a concerted, willful effort not to consult” with the First Nation, despite provincial requests Solid Gold engage in talks with Wahgoshig in 2009 and in 2011.The provincial government even offered to “facilitate the process” for Solid Gold, Brown wrote in the ruling.When two hunters from Wahgoshig came across one of the company’s drilling crews in the spring of 2011, the workers refused to reveal the name of their employer.When Wahgoshig band officials managed to find out which company was behind the drilling, they tried to initiate contact with Solid Gold to no avail.The community says the territory Solid Gold targeted for drilling contains burial grounds and other sacred sites.In 1995, Ontario’s Minister of Natural Resources determined that the Treaty 9 lands were an “area of cultural heritage potential.”Solid Gold’s lawyer told the court the company believed it had “no legal responsibility or duty to consult” and if there was a duty, it was up to governments to execute.The company said the Treaty 9 lands it was exploring were “surrendered to the Crown” and Wahgoshig had no “veto right over their activity.”Solid Gold, however, also admitted that any “impact, damage or destruction” done to the Algonquin’s territory had already occurred.Brown, however, concluded that allowing Solid Gold to continue its drilling work and ignoring the position of the Algonquins would send the wrong message.“To refuse to enjoin Solid Gold from its drilling, in the circumstances of this case, will send a message that Aboriginal and treaty rights, including the rights to consultation and accommodation can be ignored by exploration companies, rendering the First Nations constitutionally recognized rights meaningless,” wrote Brown. “That would not be in the public interest. It is in the public interest to ensure that the Constitution is honoured and respected.”last_img read more

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ISIS Bombing Kills 72 at Sindh Sufi Shrine in Pakistan

New Delhi –  72 people were killed and 250 critically injured in the town of Sehwan Sharif, Pakistan on Thursday when a ISIS suicide bomber struck at the shrine Sufi saint Lal Shabaz Qalandar.The bombing is eighth terrorist attack in Pakistan in just five days.According to the police statement, the attacker entered the shrine through its golden gate and exploded explosives wrapped under his clothes after hurling a grenade that failed to explode. The blast targeted the area where the Sufi ritual ‘dhamaal’ was being performed after evening prayers. The Islamic State claimed responsibility for the attack on their Aamaq news agency, saying that a suicide bomber had targeted a “Shia gathering” at the shrine.The injured and dead were moved to a hospital in Sehwan Sharif, following which many were taken to hospitals in Jamshoro and Hyderabad. The death toll is expected to go up as many of the injured are in critical state.“We have 53 bodies at the hospital and 47 among more than 250 injured are critical,” said Dr Moin, Head of Sehwan hospital.Pakistan’s army chief, General Qamar Bajwa, said in statement, “Your security forces shall not allow hostile powers to succeed.”In past few days suicide bombers from the TTP (Tehreek Taliban Pakistan)  have targeted various locations of government forces and institutions, killing 13 people in Lahore and at least 2 in Peshawar, Pakistan. read more

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Alibaba lets US small medium businesses to sell on platform

NEW YORK — China’s e-commerce juggernaut Alibaba will allow nearly 30 million small and medium-sized businesses from the U.S. to sell on its platform in the U.S. and around the globe.Alibaba is looking to juice its growth, which has been held in check by Amazon and threatened by trade tensions between the U.S. and China.U.S. businesses, until Tuesday, were only able to buy merchandise on Alibaba.com.In March, Alibaba.com and Office Depot announced a co-branded online store to expand the reach of both companies with small and medium sized businesses.The lion’s share of Alibaba Group’s business has been providing retailers and brands in the U.S. and around the globe access to the 700 million Chinese customers through its two major marketplaces, Taobao and Tmall.Anne D’Innocenzio, The Associated Press read more

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Oneyear delay of Site C dam project would cost 630 million BC

One-year delay of Site C dam project would cost $630 million: BC Hydro by Dirk Meissner, The Canadian Press Posted Jun 7, 2017 10:30 am MDT Last Updated Jun 7, 2017 at 3:40 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email B.C. NDP leader John Horgan leaves with B.C. Green party leader Andrew Weaver from Government House after dropping of a signed document by 44 MLAs showing there is an agreement between the two parties in Victoria, B.C., on Wednesday, May 31, 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito VICTORIA – A one-year delay in the construction of the Site C hydroelectric dam would cost $630 million, the president of BC Hydro said Wednesday as uncertainty surrounds the project with the New Democrats poised to form a minority government in British Columbia.Jessica McDonald said bids for contracts for the realignment of a highway are set to go out June 15 and a bridge construction tender is scheduled to be issued at the beginning of July. She said two homes — one owned by local farmers and the other a rental property — are in the direct path of the dam.“We’re up against a hard deadline,” McDonald told a briefing to update progress on the $8.8-billion project.“This is a two-year project to actually construct the highway and the bridge,” McDonald said. “There’s nothing you can do about the hard deadline of the river diversion.”The New Democrats have signed an agreement with the Green party to form a minority government if Christy Clark’s Liberals are defeated in the legislature on a confidence vote after it is recalled on June 22. The agreement would send the project in northeastern B.C. to the province’s utilities commission to review its economic viability.Green Leader Andrew Weaver said he’s more convinced now that Site C needs further review after attending the Hydro review.“It’s the single biggest investment in public infrastructure in B.C.’s history and there has been no independent analysis of the numbers being used and it’s being turned into a political football in the dying death throes of a government,” he said.NDP Leader John Horgan recently wrote to McDonald asking that the Crown corporation suspend the June 30 evictions for the two homes and urged it not to sign any new contracts for the project until a new government has gained the confidence of the legislature after last month’s election, which ended with no party winning a majority of seats in the house.Clark sent letters to Horgan and Weaver on Tuesday telling them the evictions are necessary as part of the road and bridge construction projects that are needed to divert a river in September 2019.Horgan wrote to Clark accusing her of making “unsupported claims about additional costs associated with asking BC Hydro not to sign major contracts until a new government takes office.”On Wednesday, Horgan said he has been in touch with the utilities commission.“We’re in a difficult position,” he said in Vancouver. “The B.C. Liberals went forward with a $9 billion capital project without any third party oversight. So here we are today, 2017, with a couple of years behind us, many dollars spent, we want to make sure that before we go any further we’re ensuring this is the best possible project for the people who have to pay for it.”Education Minister Mike Bernier, who represents the Fort St. John area where the dam is located, said Horgan is creating uncertainty about the project.“What would he like to see done with Site C?” asked Bernier. “Does he want to postpone it? Does he want to stop it?”The dam will be the third on the Peace River, flooding an 83-kilometre stretch of valley, and local First Nations, landowners and farmers have fiercely opposed the project.— With files from Laura Kane in Vancouver. read more

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Five questions to ask about Ohio State – Purdue

1. Can Ohio State control its emotions? Common sense suggests the Buckeyes were already fired up to play Purdue after their embarrassing 26-18 loss last Oct. 17 in West Lafayette. Ind. Now, following a loss at Wisconsin after only one week ranked at No. 1, the team will be chomping at the bit to take the field. Coach Jim Tressel preaches a communal mentality to his team, but obviously, he doesn’t know what each player is thinking. “We talk a lot about what we should be collectively thinking,” Tressel said. But “I’ve never pretended to know what every individual is thinking.” 2. Will the OSU offensive line handle Purdue’s version of J.J. Watt? Wisconsin defensive end J.J. Watt wreaked havoc at times last Saturday against the OSU offensive line, finishing the game with four tackles and two sacks. The men who man the trenches will get no off-day on Saturday against Purdue’s Ryan Kerrigan. In last season’s game, Kerrigan tortured the Scarlet and Gray offense for nine tackles and three sacks. So far this season, Kerrigan has six sacks despite being the focal point for opposing teams’ offensive lines. 3. Is ‘Boom’ Herron ready for a No. 1 running back role? Even though Dan Herron and Brandon Saine continue to be listed as co-starters on the team’s depth chart, make no mistake about it, Herron is now the featured back. In the last three games, Herron has carried the ball 54 times. In that same span, Saine has rushed the ball eight times, including no carries in the past two games. As OSU heads into its eighth game, the offense seems to be more comfortable with Herron carrying the load on the ground and using Saine as a hybrid wide receiver. 4. After a subpar showing last week, will the OSU defensive line rebound? Before the Wisconsin game, the OSU defensive line had held its own through the first six games of the season. Things changed Saturday night. Wisconsin manhandled the OSU defensive line at times and surrendered 184 yards on the ground to the Badgers, 104 of those to 2009 Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year John Clay. In most years, OSU rotates about eight players along the defensive line to keep fresh legs in the game and create a solid push on the line. In the first quarter, Wisconsin embarked on a 19-play, 89-yard drive that resulted in a touchdown. The only player substituted for one of the starters on the defensive line during that drive was freshman Johnathan Hankins. “I can remember many times we’ve talked since last February that one of the concerns was that five of our eight in our eight-man rotation were graduating or going out early,” Tressel said. “What you get into in a ball game like (last Saturday) is, is it the right time and the right place to put someone in?” 5. Are injuries becoming a serious concern for the defense? The “Silver Bullets” have quickly become the walking wounded. They are already without safety C.J. Barnett and hybrid linebacker/safety Tyler Moeller for the season. Barnett’s replacement, Orhian Johnson, is banged up. Moeller’s replacement, Christian Bryant, has a foot infection that requires hospitalization until at least Friday, Tressel said. Starting linebacker Ross Homan will be out a few weeks with a foot injury. His backup, Dorian Bell, suffered a concussion against Indiana and is still out. Although Tressel essentially said the next man in line needs to step up, the injuries are not only depleting the defense but also the special teams, where many of the backups play. The last thing a struggling OSU special teams unit needs is new and untested faces. read more

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Old German coal mine to produce green energy

first_imgRAG’s Prosper Haniel coal mine could produce hydropower in the not too distant future. North-Rhine Westphalia State Governor Hannelore Kraft has declared her support for a project that would convert the Prosper Haniel coal mine into a pumped storage facility. There has been a longstanding idea to convert mine shafts to hydro chutes and produce green power.The mine would become a type of battery, it would use excess wind or solar energy to pump water from a reservoir at the depths of the mine to another reservoir above the shafts. When wind or solar fails to meet demand, the water would be released, falling some 1,300 m to electricity-generating turbines.A 2014 article on Grist.org said the mine could store up to about 990,000 m3 of H2O, “roughly the volume of the Empire State Building.” That could produce a 200 MW capacity, enough to power more than 400,000 homes, Bloomberg reported.Prosper Haniel is expected to be exhausted as a coal mine in 2018, when federal subsidies for the industry expire. Other mines could follow this reincarnation as the coal mining region of North-Rhine Westphalia intends to double its production of renewable energy to 30% by 2025, Bloomberg stated.last_img read more

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Opinion The nightmare of dining out with allergies in Ireland might soon

first_imgFROM DECEMBER 2014 restaurants will be required to show whether 14 main food allergens (gluten, crustaceans, eggs, fish, peanuts, soybeans, milk, nuts, celery, mustard, sesame seeds, sulphur dioxide and sulphites, lupin and molluscs) are contained in any food they are serving. This is great news for the allergy community. Many of these food allergens including milk, shellfish and peanuts could cause a life threatening anaphylactic shock in some people, this is why it is so crucial for restaurants to be aware of what they are serving. I think if people were aware how very serious it could be, there would be a different reaction when you ask for something without a specific allergen.Dining out can be difficult for many people with food allergies and intolerances. Eating out is such a huge part of our culture – weddings, funerals, birthday parties, festivals, holidays all have one thing in common – food. Sometimes when you explain a food allergy, you get a sense that people think you are being fussy or that your children are being fussy – but people with food allergies, or who look after children with food allergies, just want a chance to eat out safely like everyone else. We’re not looking for separate menus or special treatment, just for the restaurant staff to be knowledgeable about what is in the food they are serving so that we can make an informed decision.Staff need to understand allergiesMy children are cow’s milk protein intolerant so they cannot have anything with milk or milk products in it. We are extremely lucky my children’s reactions are mild but if they were very serious I would worry more about eating out. I’m hoping the new December 2014 laws will mean that the restaurant experience for those with allergies is about to improve dramatically. I recently ate at a local restaurant where the staff seemed very well trained on allergens. I am hoping it is a sign of things to come. The waiter immediately checked with the chef once we asked if the chicken dish we wished to order contained dairy. He came back to say that the chicken had been marinaded in something containing milk, so we were able to order something different. It was refreshing to see my child’s allergy taken seriously. Unfortunately, my heart sank when I ate out again somewhere different a few weeks later.We ate out in a busy long established Italian restaurant with the kids and another family recently. When I scanned the kids’ menu, I narrowed it down to three possibilities that shouldn’t contain milk products. I asked the waitress what could the children have that is dairy free. She looked at me blankly. Then she told me they could make gluten-free pasta. I could see I would need to explain what dairy-free meant. I told her they couldn’t have anything with cheese, milk, butter or cream. She then repeated that they could have gluten free pasta. She said the spaghetti bolognese or pasta with tomato sauce would be fine but she didn’t really sound confident that she even knew what we were asking. I then proceeded to ask about dessert because the children’s menu was an all-in-one price including dessert. The options on the menu were chocolate brownie and ice-cream or an ice-cream float. There it was again, that blank stare. We agreed that they would have fruit, but again I wasn’t inspired by her confidence and I was expecting her to forget and put cream or ice-cream with the fruit by accident. If we decide to bring the kids with us to a restaurant, it’s hard enough getting them to stay quiet, eat with knives and forks and to stop running around among the servers with hot food. Quite apart from that I usually have to explain again why they cannot have particular things. This can result in tears or a tantrum. The last thing a hassled parent wants is to have to explain about their kids allergies to the waiting staff when they clearly have no idea what you are talking about and aren’t very accommodating.In the meantime my five-year-old read the adults’ dessert menu which was on the back of his menu and decided he wanted strawberry parfait. I knew this would have milk in it but I decided to try another waiter when he was over and asked if any of the desserts were dairy-free. He replied ‘gluten free?’ And so the cycle started again where we educated him in what ‘dairy’ meant. Awkward I am delighted that there were gluten-free options on the menu and the staff knew about them but they didn’t seem to really understand why someone might want something gluten-free. Their level of training definitely needs to improve. In general, gluten-free foodstuffs and gluten-free menu options are becoming very widespread which is absolutely super, but restaurants need to up their game to be aware of other food allergens also. It is not just leaving out a small number of food allergy sufferers, if you include their families, who won’t go to the restaurant if everyone can’t eat, you can see a huge portion of the population put off eating out.As we were eating out with friends they started apologising that their kids would be having dessert, and I felt we were making a big fuss where there shouldn’t have been one. The boys ended up with strawberries for dessert and a promise of something nice when they got home if they accepted this. The five-year-old took some persuading, but he didn’t create a scene. It was so difficult to explain to him why he couldn’t have the same as his friend. He understands that he can’t have dairy but tantrums are never far away in situations like this.To say I was disappointed by the staff in the restaurant was a huge understatement. It is so incredibly important for restaurant staff to understand the dangers of food allergies. The reactions can vary from life-threatening to mild, but understanding is key. If you tell them you or your child is allergic to something, they should react as if it is possible that it could be life-threatening. They don’t know unless they ask you how mild or serious it might be. My boys are intolerant to the protein in cow’s milk, my younger boy would have a sick stomach, bloating, and be unwell for a few days if he consumed milk products. My older boy would react with excema and his asthma symptoms would worsen. These are mild reactions compared to how other people can react.I was really shocked by the lack of knowledge among waiting staff that day. I hope that restaurant owners are aware of the new laws and have plans in place to train their staff. It is so important. With five months to go to December, I really hope the restaurants will be ready. I am dreaming of a day when it will be safe to eat out and we are not trusting our child’s health to someone untrained in allergens and how serious it might be.Laura Kenny writes at dairyfreekids.ieOpinion: Hold the gluten please! Why we all need to understand coeliac diseaseRead: Appeal for Irish to take part in global food allergy studylast_img read more

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Samsung Galaxy luxury edition going for 1000

first_imgYou would think that saving money over the more expensive Apple iPad would be a good thing, right? After all with the run up to Christmas you want to get the best tech at the right price.Whilst we reported that the Galaxy Tab has sold over a million units earlier this month, its price was maybe too reasonable for some, so Samsung has decided to release a luxurious edition which was unveiled at the Millionaire Fair, a European expo that highlights the most over priced and luxurious items on the market today. Price wise you are looking at a cool 749 euros, or about $1000.AdChoices广告So what would you expect for such a large increase in price, a faster processor? Bigger screen? Or maybe additional storage space? Nope, none of those, instead according to TG Daily the $1000 version will be exactly the same as the standard one, but wait for it, you get an exclusive leather case and Bluetooth headset instead – yay! It seems that the Galaxy Tab is just too cheap for the rich and famous, they must see tech in terms of the more expensive it is, the more it’s worth buying. Anyway, Samsung plans to launch the exclusive version of the device on Wednesday, and it will be made available through to the end of January.Sarcasm aside, would you pay extra for a device even if it doesn’t warrant the price tag, or would you expect to see a vast difference in spec?Read more a TG Dailylast_img read more

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SALVATION ARMY FEEDING HUNGRY IN TURKS AND CAICOS

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 11 Dec 2014 – A testimony from one of the students benefiting from the feed the hungry program at Clement Howell High came in yesterday’s Poor Man’s Luncheon fundraiser. This moment of sharing highlighted the importance of the Salvation Army’s work in feeding people across the planet, and here in the Turks and Caicos. The Christian Organization which during the holiday season also has bell ringers placed at highly trafficked stores held the luncheon which featured what was meant to be a meager meal of soup, a small glass of switcher or lemonade and cake; the Poor Man’s Luncheon was held at the Seven Stars resort. Tickets were $50. And as for taste and ambience… there was nothing lacking there! Well done Seven Stars. Salvation Army does exceedingly abundantly more in Red Kettle Drive Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:clement howell high sachool, poor man’s luncheon, salvation army Recommended for you Magnetic Media recommended Valentine’s Day Events Salvation Army gets big gift to boost donations; One Week at the Palms Resortlast_img read more

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4 cyber fraudsters held for cheating bank officials

first_imgHyderabad: The sleuths of Cyber Crime Police, Cyberabad arrested four cyber fraudsters for cheating the bank officials online in the name of car showroom owners and seized a car, Rs 3 lakh cash, seven mobile phones, cheque books, ATM cards and bank passbooks from their possession. The accused were identified as Arun Kumar (30), Lokesh Tomar (33), Mohit Kumar (28) and Manoj Kumar (35). Also Read – JIH organises Eid Milap for sanitary workers Advertise With Us According to the V C Sajjanar, Cyberabad Police Commissioner, on August 10 a complaint was registered by one of the senior branch manager of a state-run bank wherein he stated that on August 9 an amount of Rs 8.20 lakh was transferred to another bank account through RTGS (Real-time gross settlement) by debiting from the current account held by one of the leading automobile showroom located in Hyderabad on the telephonic instructions of the person who impersonated himself as the owner of an automobile showroom without receiving the cheque. Also Read – GHMC distributes saplings to KV students Advertise With Us After speaking to the management of the car showroom from which the amount was debited, the staff of the bank realised that the call which they received was a fraudulent call received from a fraudster in the name of the management of the car showroom. The fraudsters collected online the details of car showrooms in Hyderabad and also collected the bank details of showrooms. Advertise With Us Further, they called the concerned bank manager and introduce themselves as the owner of the car showroom. They informed the bank staff that their showroom was intending to deposit a huge amount as fixed deposits in their bank. Once the bank staff was satisfied with the information furnished over phone, prime accused Arun Kumar instructed it to transfer the amounts into their bank accounts by saying that he is sending original cheque to the bank for debiting the amount. Believing the words of accused the bank staff transferred the amounts into the bank account provided by him in good faith without receiving cheque. Cyber sleuths connecting the dots nabbed the accused.last_img read more

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Where is El Chapo On his home turf no ones saying

first_imgRelated posts:5 Mexico children detained over 6-year-old’s murder ‘El Chapo’ Guzmán and the Sinaloa cartel have growing ties to Costa Rica, authorities say Clash in El Chapo’s hometown leaves 2 dead in Mexico At least 52 dead in Mexico prison riot BADIRAGUATO, Mexico — El Chapo’s gone now, on the far side of his tunnel, a man on the lam in a wide-open world.But where would he go?If the past is a guide, questions about the billionaire drug baron, Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán, tend to find their answers in the rugged Sierra Madre mountains. In these electric-green highlands of eastern Sinaloa state, checkered with plots of marijuana and opium poppy, Guzmán was raised into his illicit profession.It’s a region where peasants praise the trafficker for giving them jobs drilling post-holes and stringing wire fencing on his cattle ranches. Where residents tell tales about how his buzzing Cessnas would air-drop money into remote villages. Here, on the poorly paved, switch-backing road to Guzmán’s hometown in La Tuna, convoys of Mexican soldiers and police are now swerving around fallen boulders as their hunt for Guzmán begins anew.“In situations like this, people tend to be creatures of habit,” Jack Riley, the deputy administrator of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, said in an interview. “If he was comfortable there and in control of the surroundings and has warning signals when the good guys are approaching, that’s probably what he’s going to do.”“What matters is that he’s out,” Riley said. “And we’ve got to get the cuffs back on that guy.”On Saturday night, Guzmán escaped from his cell inside the Altiplano maximum security prison in Mexico state, slipping through a hole cut in the floor of his shower stall and out an underground tunnel. He was gone 18 minutes before anyone noticed his absence. He could be anywhere.Top Mexican security officials informed legislators on Thursday that Guzmán is likely still in the country, and may have not left the central region, where the Altiplano prison is located, according to Mexican news reports.Mexican marines, soldiers and some 10,000 federal police officers are involved in the hunt for Guzmán, authorities said. They have set up checkpoints to search vehicles in nearly two dozen states. U.S. law enforcement officials said they would do everything in their power to help recapture Guzmán, including providing intelligence and using technology to monitor cellphones. Such phone tracking was crucial in the roundup of Guzmán’s lieutenants and bodyguards that led to his capture in a condominium in the beach town of Mazatlán in February 2014. Guzmán was known to spend time in mountain hideouts before that arrest.The U.S. government had formally requested Guzmán’s extradition less than three weeks before his escape from the Altiplano prison. He faces indictment in federal courts in several American states for murder and drug trafficking. American officials had wanted to hold Guzmán so that he could not escape and so that they could gain his insights into the drug trade. But Mexican officials took it as a point of pride that their most important criminal could be held securely within their country.Since his embarrassing escape, Mexican authorities have vowed they will not let him go unpunished.“We want to be very clear: We’re going after everyone involved, we’re going after everyone who betrayed our institutions, and with them, our society,” Interior Minister Miguel Ángel Osorio Chong told reporters. “The objectives are clear: recapture this criminal and punish each and every one of his accomplices.”But if Guzmán has headed back to his home region in Sinaloa, catching him will be a daunting task, given the difficult terrain, the local support for the drug lord and the astounding wealth and evasive skill of Guzmán’s inner circle. Up and down the hills are networks of spotters, often teenagers on four-wheelers. Residents tend to back Guzmán, whose business interests permeate the Sinaloa economy, from local vegetable markets to real estate to auto sales. After his arrest last year, hundreds of people marched in the state capital of Culiacan in protest. A girl holds her baby cousin at her family’s restaurant on in Santiago De Los Caballeros, Mexico. This area is a base of operations for El Chapo’s Sinaloa cartel and his support among the locals, combined with the area’s rugged terrain, will make capturing him a challenge should he choose to return to the area, July 17, 2015. Jonathan Levinson/The Washington PostPeople here are accustomed to keeping quiet, and many hesitated to even mention Guzmán’s name when a foreigner with a notebook came around asking. When they bumped into verbal dead ends, residents would refer to him as “the one frequently mentioned recently” or El Viejón, “the big old man.”“To judge if he’s done something bad or not, that’s God’s job,” said Esmirle Almeda Ortíz, the director of the medical clinic in Badiraguato, the seat of the municipality.A 46-year-old clothing-store owner who gave only her first name, Maria, noted that sales dropped off sharply after Guzmán’s arrest, as federal forces pushed deeper into the mountains.“Right now there’s a lot of government all around, and people don’t come down to town because they’re afraid. We’re not selling anything,” Maria said. “There’s nobody in the plaza right now. Just journalists.”Guzmán was “a normal guy, very good with people,” she said. “When somebody needs something, he helps them.”Guzmán’s home region has produced many famous narcos, as they are from illicit family businesses linked by blood ties. The traffickers include Rafael Caro Quintero, who was released from prison in 2013, despite being convicted of the killing of DEA agent Enrique “Kiki” Camarena in 1985. In the tiny roadside town of Santiago de los Caballeros, residents said the crumbling marble tomb that looks like a Roman ruin was built for their local boy, Ernesto Fonseca Carillo, a drug lord now serving his sentence in the prison where Guzmán had been held.In the town shop, Francisco López Peña, 53, said Guzmán employed many residents and has a reputation for treating people well.“They say that jobs went away when he got arrested,” López said.But not everyone was enamored of the famous outlaw.“For some people he’s a hero but not for me and my family,” said a man in a computer shop who asked not to be identified out of concern for his safety. “For me, a hero is someone who works day after day, under the hot sun, who has to provide for his family without many resources, that’s a hero to me. 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first_img Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Top Stories For a quarterback who has never been shy about slinging the football down field, the former Heisman Trophy winner believes the Cardinals’ playbook is perfectly suited for his skill set.“I love (the offense),” said Palmer. “I’ve been a fan of (Bruce Arians’) offenses for years. I’ve played against them and seen them on film a ton. Not only are the plays in the playbook great, but he has great timing. He sets up and gets mismatches, gets bigger, faster guys on slower guys and finds ways to get the ball to guys like Larry Fitzgerald and Michael Floyd.“I’m a big fan, I’ve been a big fan of it. Now to be in this offense and have him calling the plays is very exciting for me.” Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires While the selection of Cooper was by no means considered a sexy pick, for a team that allowed a league-high 58 quarterback sacks in 2012 it was certainly the safe choice.Palmer was asked if he had any concerns about a lack of pass protection following his trade to the Cardinals, but the two-time Pro Bowler said he thought the offensive line’s woes had more to do with health than an absence of talent.“It’s something you hear about,” said Palmer. “But, every year is a new year. You look at last year, and they had catastrophic injuries all the way across the board. They lost their anchor in Levi Brown in the first week of preseason, and guys just had freak injuries all the way across the board.“Four of the five guys were hurt, and they’ve all battled back to get healthy. Obviously, with the addition of Jonathan (Cooper) and a couple other guys in the draft, we’re looking to turn that around and improve in that category.”Palmer, who threw 35 touchdowns and 30 interceptions in two seasons with the Oakland Raiders, hasn’t even been in the Valley for a month yet, but already he admitted he’s ecstatic to be leading Bruce Arians’ offense. Comments   Share   The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Count Arizona Cardinals starting quarterback Carson Palmer among those pleased with the job general manager Steve Keim did in the NFL Draft over the weekend, especially with the team’s selection of guard Jonathan Cooper with the No. 7 overall pick.“Any time you pick an offensive guy in the first couple rounds, I’m greedy I always want more offensive weapons, and we’ve got some exciting ones coming in,” Palmer told the NFL Network Tuesday.last_img read more

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first_img“Is he ever going to get there?” Arians said of his thought process. “They had played man-to-man and we had taken everybody across the field. I knew he had a chance. Just don’t hurt yourself on the way.”Palmer’s entertaining touchdown jaunt didn’t end there. He actually got close to hurting himself when he spiked the ball in the end zone and simultaneously rolled to the ground.Carson Palmer spiked the ball and himself. Impressive. pic.twitter.com/i1jrT8jj4k— Mike Tunison (@xmasape) November 29, 2015Palmer finished the game having completed 24-of-40 passes for 271 yards on top of his seven-yard score that helped the Cardinals avoid the Niners’ upset bid. – / 21 If you have issue with Cam Newton’s TD celebrations, you’re really going to hate Carson Palmers. pic.twitter.com/KV4RMUADhJ— HoldenKushner (@Holdenradio) November 29, 2015 Top Stories 0 Comments   Share   Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Carson Palmer’s go-ahead touchdown run gave his Arizona Cardinals a 19-13 victory against a stingy 49ers squad, but the importance of the touchdown may have been lost behind how it happened.As you can imagine, the 35-year-old isn’t so graceful on his feet.But when the majority of the 49ers went to the right side of the field in man-to-man coverage, it left half the field open. Arizona coach Bruce Arians told Arizona Sports 98.7’s Paul Calvisi that he believed Palmer would have room to run the seven yards to the end zone, but he wasn’t exactly confident while watching the play develop.last_img read more

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