Snowshoer returning home with two new medals

first_imgJakubowski’s bronze medal finish came today in the 1600 metre singles race, with a time of 12 minutes and 14.70 seconds. She also finished fifth in the 800 metre singles race, completing the course with a time of 5 minutes, 31.51 seconds.First place in the 1600 metre race went to fellow Team Canada member Adam Wakeman, who finished first at 10 minutes and 31.60 seconds.The Energetic City’s snowshoe racer, along with three fellow teammates also earned the highest honour in the group 4X400 snowshoe race yesterday, finishing first with a time of 8 minutes and 59.06 seconds.- Advertisement -Jakubowski earned the first place finish with fellow Team Canada racers Jessica Larivee, Ashlee McLeod and Regan Millsap.Before leaving, Jakubowski said it would be a dream to bring home any medal from the competition.last_img read more

Passing of bill delayed as Oppn buys time for talks

first_imgKolkata: The West Bengal Staff Selection Commission (Repealing) (Repealing) Bill, 2019, which was supposed to be passed in the Assembly on Thursday got postponed after opposition leaders demanded further discussion.The matter would be taken up in the Assembly on September 3. Main objectives of the proposed bill is to fill up the non-public service commission posts in various state government establishments within a very short span of time. Incidentally, it may be mentioned here that the Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee recently said that various vacant posts in government departments would be filled up soon. She has also given an impetus to the government to recruit candidates in the vacant posts thereby bridging the gaps which are still there in the system. The main motto of the Chief Minister is to ensure that not a single person is deprived of various social schemes extended by the state government. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaThe state government felt the need of reviving the erstwhile West Bengal Staff Selection Commission established under the West Bengal Staff Selection Commission Act, 2011 which was subsequently repealed by the government in 2017 through the implementation of the West Bengal Staff Selection Commission (Repealing) Act, 2017. The opposition party MLAs demanded a further discussion on the bill when it was tabled in the House citing some technicalities regarding the bill. The matter was finally postponed for further discussion on next Tuesday.last_img read more

Attawapiskat First Nation chief launches personal war on illegal drugs

first_imgThe chief of Attawapiskat First Nation has launched a personal war on illegal drugs because he says he is tired of waiting for others to deal with a problem that is destroying his small community in northern Ontario.Chief Ignace Gull, who was elected in 2016 following a state of emergency triggered by a spate of youth suicides, says he’s using the authority under the Indian Act to search suspected drug dealers.Gull and four other local officials search everyone who lands at the fly-in community’s airport, including local police officers.“It’s a success so far,” the chief said Wednesday in a phone interview.“These (drugs) are destroying the community.”Police say the drugs come in through the airport or by mail.Gull said he’s sick of waiting for police whose hands are tied by the weeks it often takes to get search warrants signed by a justice of the peace in Sudbury, Ont.“Police can’t come to the homes without a search warrant, so I have to do it,” he said.The chief began the searches on May 27, working with a small team that includes two councillors and two volunteers.He brought in a drug-sniffing dog along with a handler and guard from a security company in Timmins, Ont., to help out on a recent three-day blitz.They’ve seized fentanyl, speed, marijuana, other opioids and large shipments of alcohol, Gull said.The community has been demanding action since the 2015 suicide crisis, Gull said, and drugs were part of the problem.“The drug dealers aren’t hiding anymore, people just line up to get them, like getting coffee at Tim Hortons,” Gull said.Since it’s a small community with about 1,500 people, Gull said they know the alleged dealers. So he just goes to their house, grabs the drugs and gives it to police.“We need help, we want the government to step in and do something to help us instead of watching us from the sideline,” he said.A few weeks ago, Gull met with Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale, who told him to apply for funding that is available to help.A spokesman for Goodale said they are aware of the challenges Attawapiskat faces and noted the federal government is investing $291.2 million over five years in a First Nations policing program.“These investments include increased and ongoing funding for (program) recipients to support priorities such as additional officer positions, officer safety, policing equipment and salaries,” said Scott Bardsley.He said the force for the region, Nishnawbe Aski police, recently finished a three-year deal through the program, which “will strengthen policing in Attawapiskat and bolster its response to these challenges.”He said there is money available for crime prevention projects and for initiatives to reduce gang and gun violence.“This funding would include a portion provided to Indigenous organizations to help build capacity through education, outreach and research, addressing the unique needs of Indigenous communities and urban populations,” Bardsley said.Nishnawbe Aski police Sgt. Jackie George said the chief’s approach is common in northern First Nation communities.Airport screenings are particularly effective at keeping drugs out of fly-in communities, she said.“It keeps people from trafficking contraband into the communities because they know they’re going to be searched,” she said.Last November, the Mushkegowuk Council, a regional organization that represents northern First Nations that includes Attawapiskat, declared a state of emergency on illegal drugs and alcohol.“This pandemic has reached serious levels where it’s clearly destroying our people and communities,” said Grand Chief Jonathon Solomon at the time.Chief Gull said he is considering buying a drug-sniffing dog to help.“We can’t just sit around and wait for somebody to do it for us, we have to do it ourselves,” he said.last_img read more

Karan Wahi arrested in molestation case TV actor slams media over mistaken

first_imgKaran WahiInstagramTV actor Karan Wahi recently became a victim of a mistaken identity when the news of a certain Karan Wahi getting arrested in a molestation case started doing the rounds of the internet. Some online news portals had used Karan Wahi’s picture instead of the accused by the same name who had allegedly molested a 22-year-old model at an apartment in Malad, Mumbai after hosting a party.As soon as Karan learned about the mishap, the actor slammed the media portals which had used his image after they mistook him for the real culprit.”I would request some of the MEDIA PORTALS to be little responsible and verify which Karan Wahi they are talking about before putting my pictures in an article, which is not about me. Ur carelessness can cause the other person a lot of issues. Thank u,” Karan Wahi took to Instagram stories to clear the air around his mistaken identity.He even shared the image of the accused Karan Wahi and said, “This is the Karan Wahi you need to make people aware of not me” adding that he will now go back to enjoy his vacation in London. Karan WahiInstagram Karan WahiInstagramAccording to reports, a music composer named Karan Wahi and film producer Mundra Singh Nagar were recently arrested for molesting a model on the pretext of making her an assistant director of their upcoming project. The model had alleged that the two sexually assaulted her in her sleep after she found some scratches on her chest the next morning.last_img read more

PM violates electoral code EC remains silent BNP

first_imgLogo of BNPBNP on Thursday alleged that prime minister Sheikh Hasina has violated the election code of conduct by holding a meeting with her party’s 4,500 nomination seekers at her official residence Ganabhaban, reports UNB.Speaking at a press conference at BNP’s Naya Paltan central office, party senior joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi criticised the election commission (EC) for what he said playing a silent role over the matter.”The prime minister’s meeting with Awami League’s nomination seekers at Ganabhaban is a clear violation of section 14 (2) of the election code of conduct,” he said.The BNP leader further said, “The chief election commissioner is silent over such unlawful party activities at a state establishment spending public money.”He alleged that though the vehicle movement came to a halt on the roads in the areas adjacent to Ganabhaban on Wednesday due to gathering of Awami League leaders and activists, law enforcers did not take any action against them.Rizvi alleged that the law enforcers are acting as per the directives of the ruling party.He said the ruling party leaders and activists got huge legal and illegal arms over the last 10 years.Though the election schedule is announced, the BNP leader said, the commission is yet to issue any order to deposit arms to the authorities concerned as it wants to hold a ‘voter-less violent’ election.He alleged that the election commission is working to keep the field level for a particular party.Rizvi said people believe that police attacked their party leaders and activists and wounded them with bullets in front of their office on Wednesday at the behest of ruling party general secretary Obaidul Quader.He alleged the clash ensued after police ran their vehicle over their leaders and activists. “We want to know from the commission how come police ran their vehicle on people.”last_img read more

Four killed in a series of Nepal blasts

first_imgNepalFour men died and seven were injured Sunday in three separate explosions in Kathmandu, Nepali police said.There was no immediate claim of responsibility but police said they suspect involvement of a Maoist splinter group whose pamphlets were found in a house where one of the explosions took place.A powerful blast inside a shop killed three people and injured four, while the explosion at a home about four kilometres away left one dead and another injured.Two more were injured when an explosive they were carrying on a motorcycle in the outskirts of Kathmandu exploded.Security personnel also defused explosives in other areas.”We are investigating all incidents and have stepped up the security,” police spokesman Bishwa Raj Pokharel told AFP.Pokharel said that seven people have been arrested so far.The incidents come on the eve of a nationwide strike called the same Maoist splinter group, protesting death of their cadre in a police encounter over a week ago.Nepal has enjoyed a relatively peaceful environment since the end of a decade-long civil war which concluded with a peace deal struck in 2006.But some former guerrillas, have broken away, accusing its leaders of betraying their original revolutionary ideals.In February, the group was implicated in an explosion that killed one person outside the office of a telecom company Ncell, part of Malaysia-based Axiata Group Berhad.The government outlawed the group following the incident, banning their activities.last_img read more

For the beauty that matters

first_imgThe workshop was to make Indian beauty professionals more educated, advanced and technology friendly so that they can treat their clients with better product and offer better treatments. The event was graced by Ravi Mittal (Managing director of SKEYNDOR India) and many salon owners and beauty professionals from across the country. The first day of the workshop started with brief introduction on Skeyndor products, Skin analysis and the products to be opting for the treatments for different skin types and the use of skincare machines. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Anti ageing treatments for professional as well as home care products was the topic to be talked about on the following day. The workshop was carried a practical session on using the corrective line and the mesoscience machine. The closing day got a session for acne prone skin and the treatments for it with clear balance. It also demonstrated the treatments for burning down of fats and getting a perfect body with body sculpt and Skeyndor Spa Line products. The event winded up with distribution of training completion certificate to all the beauty professionals.last_img read more

Two decades of a Mistresspiece

first_imgRoughly 21 years back, a younger Nasreen had written, ‘In the name of religion, there has been bloodshed, disturbance and persecution.’ It was then, in 1993, that her celebrated novel Lajja was first published in Bengali. Bangladesh banned it soon after, condemning her to an exile that she has been fighting ever since. It’s been 20 years of Lajja, and Nasreen’s struggle for survival – literary, political, womanly. Marking the 20th anniversary of this seminal text, a fresh translation into English has been published by Penguin recently. Nasreen, who lives in South Delhi and often spends her evenings buying fish from Chittaranjan Park, couldn’t be happier. Her visa has been recently extended by the Indian government for another year. It’s a permanent battle as far as her domicile is concerned, but she’s not afraid to wage it. Bengal is out of bounds: fanatics want her head. But in the relative secular seclusion of South Delhi, Nasreen drowns her sorrows in a late night peg, snuggling along her cat Minoo. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Lajja came right in the heels of Babri Masjid demolition in Ayodhya. On 6 December 1992, RSS karsevaks brought down the 500-year-old mosque in the contested Ram Janmabhoomi, and the shadow of that historic tragedy fell on neighbouring Bangladesh. Lajja charted how the raging fire of communal anger swept through Dhaka as a Hindu family bore the brunt of the manic event. Translated by activist-turned-writer Anchita Ghatak, the new edition comes with updates. ‘This is like a documentary novel. There are fictional characters but is based on facts. Lajja has been a bestseller for a very long time. It has been published and translated in almost all Indian languages and also many foreign languages like French, German, Italian, Spanish, Dutch, etc,’ Nasreen was heard saying at the book launch. She has been dubbed ‘anti-Islamic’ by fringe lunatics of Bangladesh, particularly those hobnobbing with the Khaleda Zia-led Bangladesh Nationalist Party and the Jamaat. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixShe wears it as a badge of honour, flaunting her atheism while declaring compassion for those in Gaza, Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, Afghanistan, Pakistan and of course Bangladesh.  She says her support was for the late Maqbool Fida Hussain, who was compelled to spend his last days in Qatar. She openly bats for Iranian bloggers who took on the neurotic Ahmedinejad.  Her other works such as Dwikhondito, Amar Meyebela, among others have been subjects of controversy. But her quips are often littered with seething irony: ‘If you don’t hurt people’s sentiments, you don’t need freedom of expression.’ Between The Covers is a weekly column on reading up and rating downlast_img read more

The first release candidate of Rails 600 is now out

first_imgThe first release candidate for Rails 6.0.0 was out yesterday. Rails 6.0.0 rc1 is the polished version of all the previous beta releases. Main features include Action Mailbox, Action Text, multiple database support, parallel testing, and Webpacker handling JavaScript by default. The latest  beta release, Rails 6.0.0.beta3 was released last month. In early January, the first release of Rails 6 was announced. Two new major frameworks are added in Rails 6.0 called Action Mailbox and Action Text. There are also two scalable upgrades in the form of multiple database support and parallel testing. Action Mailbox guides incoming emails to controller-like mailboxes in order for processing to take place in Rails. Action Text brings rich text and enables editing such files in Rails. Though the team at Rails couldn’t meet their aspirational release schedule, they did manage to include around 1000 commits in Rails 6.0.0 rc1. The crew at The Pragmatic Programmers, particularly Sam Ruby, David Bryant Copeland have also come up with beta of Agile Web Development with Rails 6  to coincide with the release of rc1. For more information on the release, check out their official announcement. Read Next GitLab considers moving to a single Rails codebase by combining the two existing repositories Uber releases AresDB, a new GPU-powered real-time Analytics Engine Niantic, of the Pokemon Go fame, releases a preview of its AR platformlast_img read more

Contiki has a new Global CEO

first_img TORONTO — Contiki has named James Marchant as its Global CEO with responsibility for the youth travel company’s global network of teams across Australia, New Zealand, the U.S., Canada, Europe, Latin America, Africa and Asia, developing and growing Contiki’s worldwide offering of 300+ epic, #NOREGRETS adventures.Marchant joins Contiki from Second Estates, where he was a Marketing, Loyalty and Strategy Consultant for the luxury holiday rental investment company, and from the board of Black Tomato, the luxury travel agency that he helped to conceive and develop in 2005. He is relocating from London to be based at Contiki’s head office in Geneva.Contiki recently launched its 2019 program with its inaugural Africa adventures, 21 new itineraries across Europe and the Middle East, as well as a new Iconic Essentials travel style that centres on providing maximum value for Millennial and Gen Z travellers.“I’m hugely excited to have joined Contiki,” said Marchant. “As a proud member of The Travel Corporation’s family of brands, Contiki has consistently been at the forefront of delivering incredible travel experiences to 18 to 35 olds, made possible by a very passionate and skilled team who are focussed on delighting our travellers.”More news:  Sunwing to further boost Mazatlán service with new flights from OttawaMarchant takes over from Casper Urhammer, who was Contiki’s Global CEO from 2014 to 2018. Posted by Contiki has a new Global CEO << Previous PostNext Post >> Tags: Contiki, New Hirescenter_img Tuesday, November 6, 2018 Share Travelweek Group last_img read more