Offering to Refund Full Money to Banks, Vijay Mallya Asks to Stop “Stole” Narrative

first_imgFugitive liquor baron Vijay Mallya took to Twitter to claim that he is not a defaulter and he is ready to pay back the entire principal amount of the loans that he owes to Indian banks. In his tweets, he also appealed to stop the narrative that he has stolen the money.His tweets have come out a few days before the expected ruling of London based Westminster Magistrate’s Court, scheduled for Dec 10, on his plea against his extradition to India. But he has insisted that his offer and extradition decision are separate issues.“Respectfully to all commentators, I cannot understand how my extradition decision or the recent extradition from Dubai and my settlement offer are linked in any way. Wherever I am physically, my appeal is “Please take the money”. I want to stop the narrative that I stole money,” said Mallya in his tweet.Respectfully to all commentators, I cannot understand how my extradition decision or the recent extradition from Dubai and my settlement offer are linked in any way. Wherever I am physically,my appeal is “Please take the money”. I want to stop the narrative that I stole money— Vijay Mallya (@TheVijayMallya) December 6, 2018 Mallya said in a series of tweets that he offered to pay back the amount since 2016 but the offer was refused.“I see the quick media narrative about my extradition decision. That is separate and will take its own legal course. The most important point is public money and I am offering to pay 100% back. I humbly request the Banks and Government to take it. If payback refused, WHY ?” he tweeted.Many media reports have seen Mallya’s offer as a ripple effect of the extradition of a British businessman, Christian Michel, an alleged middleman in the Agusta Westland chopper deal. Michel was extradited to India from UAE recently.However, Mallya refuted these speculations while saying that his offer of payback dates to 2016.“Usual nonsense! I have made settlement offers since 2016,” he tweeted. He also claimed in his tweets that he didn’t borrow money from Indian banks, it was Kingfisher Airlines, which took the money.“With respect where have I defrauded Banks? I did not borrow a single rupee. The borrower was Kingfisher Airlines. Money was lost due to a genuine and sad business failure. Being held as guarantor is not fraud,” Mallya tweeted. Talking about the failure of now-defunct airline Kingfisher Airlines, Mallya said, “Airlines struggling financially partly becoz of high ATF prices. Kingfisher was a fab airline that faced the highest ever crude prices of $ 140/barrel. Losses mounted and that’s where Banks money went. I have offered to repay 100 % of the Principal amount to them. Please take it.”He also said that his liquor company United Breweries has contributed thousands of crores to the state exchequer over the years. He said that Kingfisher Airline also contributed but it sadly failed.For three decades running India’s largest alcoholic beverage group, we contributed thousands of crores to the State exchequers. Kingfisher Airlines also contributed handsomely to the States. Sad loss of the finest Airline but still I offer to pay Banks so no loss. Please take it.— Vijay Mallya (@TheVijayMallya) December 5, 2018 Mallya faces allegations that his Kingfisher Airline defaulted on loans and interest in 2010 and owes Rs 9,000 crore to a consortium of 17 Indian Banks.The Indian government is seeking his extradition after he fled to the United Kingdom in 2016. Related Itemslast_img read more

Rajiv Gandhi Proudyogiki Vishwavidyalaya, Bhopal invites application for recruitment for 127 posts

first_imgRajiv Gandhi Proudyogiki Vishwavidyalaya (RGPV), Bhopal has invited applications for various teaching and non-teachig posts. RGPV, which was formed in the year 1998 by the Madhya Pradesh Vidhan Sabha Act 13, 1998, offers full time and online courses at graduation and postgraduation levels. They specialise in fields like Management, Forensic Science, Fashion, Engineering, Space Sciences, Social Work, Nanotechnology, Communication and Pharmacy.VACANCIESTotal Posts: 127Name of the posts:Lecturer – 26Assistant Professor – 49Associate Professor – 31Professor – 10Director – 1HOD – 3TPO – 1Principal – 1Librarian – 2PTI – 1Assistant Librarian – 1Dy. Director Sports – 1Pay Scale: For Post-Wise pay scale details, please refer to the official notificationEducational Qualification: Applicants must have cleared  first class Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in relevant branch of Engineering/Technology and for the Head of Department post, he/she must have cleared Bachelor’s and Masters degree of appropriate branch in Engineering/Technology with first class or equivalent.Selection Procedure: An interview and a written test would be conducted to shortlist candidates.HOW TO APPLY A. Application Fee: Rs 1000 through demand draftB. Candidates who are interested may fill in the online application form the official website and then send the hard copy of the form along with other relevant documents ‘The Rajiv Gandhi Proudyogiki Vishwavidyalaya, Airport Bypass Road, Gandhi Nagar, Bhopal -462033’.C. Important Dates: Last date for the submitting the application is October 20, 2014.last_img read more

Ashish Nehra draws emotional tributes from Yuvraj Singh, VVS Laxman after SRH’s IPL triumph

first_img“Nehra ji is an inspiration,” says his former teammate VVS Laxman who was also the mentor of newly crowned Indian Premier League champions Sunrisers Hyderabad.The 37-year-old fast bowler was missing in the Sunrisers camp at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium on Sunday when his teammates were basking in glory after clinching their maiden IPL title. (Watch! Yuvraj Singh celebrates with Hazel Keech after Sunrisers Hyderabad lift maiden IPL title) Nehra pulled out of the tournament after he suffered a leg injury during Sunrisers’ game against Kings XI Punjab on May 15. Notably, the veteran pacer missed four matches in the first half of the season owing to groin injury. ‘GREAT LEADER WITHIN THE GROUP’Nevertheless, Nehra, who had spearheaded the most lethal bowling attack of the tournament, was treated with a warm tribute from the team mentor. (Five reasons why RCB lost IPL 2016 final)Laxman shed light on how important Nehra’s contribution was to the team during their title winning campaign. “I was in touch with him before coming to the ground. He is an important part of the Sunrisers family.”He is not only a senior player, but also a great leader within the group. Nehraji is an inspiration,” Laxman told iplt20.com.Nehra ji had a successful operation last night in London.Wishing him a speedy recovery???@BCCI @SunRisers #OrangeArmy pic.twitter.com/ueOpx7e7Fv VVS Laxman (@VVSLaxman281) May 25, 2016’ROLE MODEL TO YOUNGSTERS’Laxman heaped praise on the pacer saying he was a role model for youngsters in the team. Nehra did his job whenever he wore the orange jersey taking nine wickets at an average of 22.11. (Also read: India’s future safe in Virat Kohli’s hands, says Warner)advertisement”To make a comeback at this age and do well for the Indian team and now for Sunrisers, you are a role model to a lot of youngsters and I’m sure a lot of them would learn from your story.”‘THIS ONE IS FOR YOU, NEHRA JI’Also, Yuvraj SIngh, who went berserk after clinching his maiden IPL title, took to Instagram to acknowledge Nehra’s contribution. “This one for you Nehra ji we miss you!,” the all-rounder wrote.Sunrisers’ pace battery garnered a lot of attention during the season which saw the likes of Virat Kohli and David Warner make merry. The small-sized grounds and flat decks did not stop the SRH bowlers from making a big impact. NEHRA 2.0 – LEADER, MENTORBhuvneshwar Kumar took over the responsibility of leading the attack after Nehra bowed out and went to become the highest wicket-taker in the season with 23 victims under his belt. The Purple Cap holder also credited Nehra saying the tips he got from the veteran seamer helped him outsmart batsmen.”When you are bowling together there are little things, like how you set the field, what is the strength of which batsman and so how do you bluff him – little things like that which he talked about which has helped,” Bhuvneshwar had said.Since making is comeback for Team India earlier this year Nehra picked 18 wickets and emerged as one of the most economical T20 bowlers across the Australia tour, Asia Cup T20 and the ICC World T20. Nehra also impressed with his ability to mentor youngsters. Before Bhuvneshwar, it was Jasprit Bumrah, who got the opportunity to rub shoulders with the skilful bowler.Nehra would be hoping he recovers quickly and continues his succesful second innings which started when he finished fourth on the wicket-takers list in season 8 with the Chennai Super Kings.last_img read more

NCAA: Bulanadi erupts for 44 as San Sebastian seals entry to stepladder semis

first_imgSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? This jewelry designer is also an architect Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics Seiko 5 Sports: A Seiko classic sports a new look View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. SAN SEBASTIAN 99—Bulanadi 44, Ilagan 22, Capobres 10, Calma 6, Villapando 6, Calahat 6, Tero 3, Sumoda 2, Isidro 0, Cosari 0, Desoyo 0, Altamirano 0.PERPETUAL 94—Charcos 22, Aurin 20, Razon 18, Peralta 10, Adamos 8, Martel 6, Giussani 6, Sevilla 2, Tamayo 2, Lanoy 0, Cuevas 0.Quarters: 27-18, 48-44, 76-65, 99-94ADVERTISEMENT Becoming his own man Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games PLAY LIST 00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:50Trending Articles02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issue LATEST STORIES MOST READ Canadian vaping study details danger from ‘popcorn lung’ chemical DTI creates Marahuyo, a luxe Filipino fashion brand for global buyers MANILA, Philippines–Allyn Bulanadi erupted with a season-high 44 points as the San Sebastian Stags sealed the final spot in the step-ladder semifinals with a hard-earned 99-94 victory over the Perpetual Altas on Friday in the NCAA Season 95 men’s basketball tourney.ADVERTISEMENT Bulanadi, the league’s leading scorer, fired seven threes and had eight rebounds in setting a career high that helped the Stags avoid the complication of going through a qualifying playoff with the Mapua Cardinals in the semis.RK Ilagan drilled five threes and wound up with 22 points for the Stags, who registered an 11-7 win-loss record after the double-round eliminations.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40SPORTSSan Miguel suspends Santos, Nabong, Tubid indefinitely after ‘tussle’ in practiceThe Stags have arranged a semifinal meeting with the third-ranked Letran Knights next week where the winner faces No.2 semis qualifier Lyceum Pirates. The survivor in that tiff with Pirates will advance to the best-of-three championships series with the San Beda Red Lions.Edgar Charcos finished his collegiate career with 21 points and Kim Aurin added 20 for the Altas, who wrapped up their season with a 4-14 record. Drilon apologizes to BCDA’s Dizon over false claim on designer of P50-M ‘kaldero’ For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity.last_img read more

Ben Stokes touched as Ashes rival Steve Smith helps him through IPL journey

first_imgEngland all-rounder Ben Stokes says batting tips from Australia captain and IPL team mate Steve Smith was key to helping him improve as a player following a hugely successful debut season in the lucrative Indian Twenty20 tournament.Stokes was named the league’s Most Valuable Player after the tournament ended on Sunday with his 12 wickets and 316 runs in 12 games helping the Rising Pune Supergiant to reach the final before he returned to England for international duty.”I felt like my game has got a lot better, from being able to work with the best players around the world and specialist coaches in that format,” Stokes told British media as he continues preparations for next month’s Champions Trophy.”My bowling has gone up another level, working with Eric Simons, from South Africa (Pune’s bowling coach). Being able to work on those skills for six weeks was a really good thing.”Stokes, however, singled out Pune captain Smith, who he will line up against in the Ashes later this year, for praise after the pair practiced together.”I remember doing a batting session with him, with some power-hitting towards the end,” Stokes said.”The guy I’ll actually be playing against in the Ashes was helping me, something you’d never fathom when we’re playing against each other. The IPL is probably the only place where you would get that.”Stokes did not play in the IPL final, which Pune lost to the Mumbai Indians by one run, as he was recalled to the England squad for a three-match one-day international series against South Africa starting on May 24.advertisementlast_img read more

Virat Kohli, Virender Sehwag attend Ashish Nehra’s farewell party

first_imgAshish Nehra’s farewell celebrations continued even after India’s victory over New Zealand in the first T20 international at the Feroz Shah Kotla on Wednesday.Nehra retired from all forms of cricket on November 1 after helping India beat the Kiwis by 53 runs in the first T20I of the three-match series.The 38-year-old was later seen partying hard with India captain Virat Kohli and his former teammate Virender Sehwag in a video which has gone viral on social media.Judging from the video, the party seemed to have been held in Delhi itself as all three cricketers belong from the same state.#ViratKohli at Ashish Nehra’s farewell party. #ThankYouAshishNehra pic.twitter.com/AU3vgdWvsX- Captains (@dhonikohli_fc) 2 November 2017#ViratKohli at #AshishNehra’s farewell party. pic.twitter.com/kuchcYZtFQ- Captains (@dhonikohli_fc) 2 November 2017Nehra retired with 235 wickets across formats in international cricket. The 38-year-old bowled his full quota of four overs as the Kiwis attempted to chase down 203 but ended up with 149 for 8 in 20 overs.Nehra came close to picking up a wicket on two occasions in the match but two dropped catches from Hardik Pandya and Virat Kohli meant he couldn’t add to his tally of international wickets in his final game.Nehra, who had a career which lasted a little over 18 years, had first played for India in a Test match against Sri Lanka back in 1999.He bows out as India’s third highest wicket-taker in T20Is behind R Ashwin and Jasprit Bumrah with 34 wickets from 27 matches.last_img read more

Tata Altroz’s side profile revealed in latest teaser

first_imgTata Altroz will make its public debut at the Geneva Motor Show, which begins next week. The upcoming premium hatchback has already been spied testing in India. Tata Motors has now released a teaser of the car, ahead of its premier at the show. Upon its launch in India, Altroz will take on the likes of Maruti Suzuki Baleno, Hyundai Elite i20 and Honda Jazz.The teaser shows the side profile of Altroz and it seems that the rear door handle is located on the C-pillar, similar to the positioning of the rear door handle on Maruti Suzuki Swift. It can also be gauged that the hatchback will have a rising window line and quite a large boot.First showcased at the Auto Expo 2018 as the 45X Concept, the hatchback was officially named as Altroz after a seabird known as Albatross, on February 25 by Tata Motors. It will be commercially launched in mid-2019.Tata Altroz will be the second vehicle from the company to sport the Impact 2.0 Design Language, after the recently launched Harrier. It will be engineered on the new ALFA (Agile Light Flexible Advanced) Architecture. With lightweight, modular and flexible characteristics, the ALFA architecture has the ability to evolve into a range of modern and youthful vehicles within a short development cycle, the company claims.Several spy-photographs of Tata Altroz available online indicate that the hatchback will get a bold look upfront and the company might take a cue from Harrier while designing the headlamps. A sporty grille is expected to add to the overall styling. The tail lamps might also be Harrier-inspired. Inside the cabin, there will be ample space. Plush seat upholstery, along with floating touchscreen infotainment system and premium multi information display, is expected to add to the luxury quotient of the hatchback.advertisementIt is being claimed that Tata Altroz might feature the engines that are available with Nexon. The compact SUV comes in with two powertrains — a 1.2-litre turbocharged revotron petrol and a 1.5-litre turbocharged revotorq diesel. The revotron mill is good for 110 PS of power and 170 Nm of torque, while the revotorq motor churns out 110 PS of power and 260 Nm of torque. Both the engines are mated to a six-speed manual gearbox with an option for a six-speed automatic transmission as well. However, one will have to wait for an official announcement to get clarity about the technical specifications of the upcoming hatchback.Tata Nexon gets safety features like driver and co-driver airbags, ABS with EBD, driver and co-driver seatbelt reminder, ISOFIX child-seat anchorage, park assist with rear sensors, park assist with camera, day and night IRVM, front fog lamps with cornering assistance and rear defogger. These features can be expected in Tata Altroz as well.ALSO READ | Honda CR-V scores five stars at Euro NCAP crash testsALSO READ | Ferrari F8 Tributo revealed, new sports car to be more powerful than Ferrari 488 GTBALSO READ | 2019 Ford Figo expected to be launched in Marchlast_img read more

Eoin Morgan-led England one of the best one-day teams: Steve Waugh

first_imgEoin Morgan’s England ODI team are already one of the best of any era, says former Australian captain Steve Waugh.But to go down in history, they need finish off the job on Sunday and claim a historic World Cup crown when they face New Zealand at the Lord’s in the summit clash of the ongoing tournament.Waugh, who won two World Cups in his 19-year international career, including lifting the trophy as captain at Lord’s in 1999, was blown away by the way England dispatched his compatriots in Thursday’s semi-final in the ongoing tournament in Birmingham.”This England team play without fear and that is very difficult to do in professional sport,” said Waugh, who was attending the inaugural criiio cup in Trafalgar Square on Friday.”There is no weakness in the side, they field very well; they bat all the way down and have numerous bowling options.”It is one of the best one-day teams I have seen and would compete against anyone of the previous eras.”But ultimately they will be judged on their performance on Sunday.”If they win that, they may go down as one of the great one-day sides. If they lose then they are back to being one of the other teams that didn’t quite make it.”But they have the potential to be a great one-day team.”Either England or New Zealand will make history on Sunday as first-time winners of the game’s ultimate prize.And Waugh has urged the players to rise to the occasion.advertisement”World Cup finals are about not relying on other people to do the job for you. You have got to step up to the plate. To win World Cups you have to be street-smart,” said Waugh.”It would be very important for New Zealand, it’s a great rugby country with the greatest team in the world in the All Blacks.”Cricket is always hoping to get a foothold so for them to make the final and potentially win would be game-changing for New Zealand,” he added.Also Read | World Cup 2019 final tickets: James Neesham requests India fans to avoid profiteering from resaleAlso Read | Rohit Sharma returns to India ahead of teammates after World Cup 2019 exitAlso See:last_img read more

Preservation of Culture and Heritage Vital – Minister Grange

first_img Ms. Grange was speaking at the opening ceremony for a Textile Conservation, Preservation and Exhibition Workshop at The Knutsford Court Hotel in New Kingston on January 17. Story Highlights Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport Minister, Hon. Olivia Grange, says preservation of the nation’s culture and heritage has an important economic dimension that must be acknowledged and given greater focus. Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport Minister, Hon. Olivia Grange, says preservation of the nation’s culture and heritage has an important economic dimension that must be acknowledged and given greater focus.“This is a matter of national development and is vital for our cultural tourism product,” she said, noting that it provides the opportunity to showcase the uniqueness of Brand Jamaica.Ms. Grange was speaking at the opening ceremony for a Textile Conservation, Preservation and Exhibition Workshop at The Knutsford Court Hotel in New Kingston on January 17.The two-day event, organised by the Ministry’s Sport Division, is part of preparations for the establishment of the National Sports Museum. The facility, to be located at the Independence Park complex in Kingston, will house a number of artefacts from the 40 sports disciplines in which Jamaica participates.Workshop participants are drawn from museums in Jamaica and the Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts.The opening session was led by Sports Museum Consultant from Canada, Janice Smith, and featured a demonstration of wet cleaning of textiles, which involved stain removal.Ms. Smith has been working with the Ministry on the Jamaica National Sports Museum Strategic Development Plan.Other sessions will cover storage solutions for textiles and costumes; exhibiting textiles and costumes; and display techniques.Ms. Grange said that by hosting the workshop, the Ministry wants to ensure that the appropriate skill sets are in place for when the museum is established.“We have an extensive list of artefacts and memorabilia, and we want to be sure that they are well protected,” she noted.She said preservation of artefacts and memorabilia “means protecting the existence and appearance of not only the historic elements but is crucial to our future ambitions and survival as a people”.Minister Grange expressed gratitude to those who have already donated items for the museum. “We appreciate your generosity. We want to use this opportunity to assure you that we intend to safeguard and protect these artefacts and memorabilia,” she said.During the workshop, the Minister handed over acid-free storage boxes to the Institute of Jamaica and the National Museum Jamaica for the archiving of artefacts.The boxes were obtained at a cost of approximately $2 million. The two-day event, organised by the Ministry’s Sport Division, is part of preparations for the establishment of the National Sports Museum. The facility, to be located at the Independence Park complex in Kingston, will house a number of artefacts from the 40 sports disciplines in which Jamaica participates. last_img read more

Vancouver councillor banker strategist appointed to BC NDP leadership team

VICTORIA – British Columbia premier-designate John Horgan started putting a stamp on his new minority NDP government Tuesday, appointing three people to his inner team including a Vancouver city councillor and a former deputy minister in the previous Liberal government.The swearing in of Horgan’s cabinet isn’t expected for a few weeks, but he announced the appointments of a deputy minister, chief of staff and special adviser.Christy Clark’s Liberal government was defeated last week in a confidence vote in the legislature. Horgan’s New Democrats, who reached a co-operation agreement with the three Green party members after the May election, have a one-seat edge over the Liberals in the 87-seat legislature.Vancouver Coun. Geoff Meggs was appointed Horgan’s chief of staff and Don Wright, the CEO at Central 1 Credit Union and a former president of the B.C. Institute of Technology, will head the public service and be the premier’s deputy minister.Bob Dewar, who was recruited last year from Manitoba to help run the NDP’s election campaign, will serve as special adviser to the premier.Wright previously served as a deputy minister in Liberal and NDP governments. He worked on difficult government files that included teachers’ union negotiations and softwood lumber.He also served as vice-president of forestry and corporate affairs at forest company Weldwood of Canada.New Democrat member Carole James said Wright brings vast experience to the government in private and public fields.“People just have huge respect from all political sides for the work Don Wright has done,” she said.James said Wright’s experience in the forest industry and softwood lumber trade negotiations will be invaluable as B.C. looks to the federal government to reach a new trade agreement with the United States.Horgan said last week he plans to meet with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau later this summer on the softwood dispute and he plans to travel to Washington, D.C., to meet Americans officials.B.C. is Canada’s largest exporter of softwood lumber and the United States has placed tariffs and duties on Canadian softwood exports.Meggs, a three-term councillor in Vancouver, resigned his council seat Tuesday. He worked on Vancouver’s cycling and housing policies.Meggs also served in past B.C. New Democrat governments in the 1990s.“Geoff brings not only his local government experience, his past government experience from the ’90s, but also he brings the experience of having worked directly on the platform for this (most recent NDP) campaign,” said James.In 2012, Meggs and former journalist Rod Mickleburgh, wrote the award-winning book, “The Art of the Impossible, Dave Barrett and the NDP in Power, 1972-1975.”Dewar was recruited by Horgan to work with the NDP on a temporary stint, but it’s now become permanent, James said.Dewar is a former chief of staff to former Manitoba NDP premier Gary Doer and his brother is NDP member of Parliament Paul Dewar.The Opposition Liberals declined to comment on the appointments. read more

ADORABLE PHOTO OF DOGS ATTENDING A STRATFORD PERFORMANCE TAKES OFF ONLINE

first_img Login/Register With: Twitter A group of service dogs took in a production of Billy Elliot at the Stratford Festival in Southern Ontario this week. (Stratford Festival ) Advertisement “It’s important to prepare the dogs for any activity the handler may like to attend,” says Laura Mackenzie, owner and head trainer with K-9 Country Inn Working Service Dogs, who led the Stratford Festival outing. Advertisementcenter_img Advertisement Facebook A photo that appears to show the Stratford Festival going to the dogs is winning hearts online.The picture shows a group of pooches ranging from poodles to golden retrievers sitting patiently in their cushy seats, taking in a production of Billy Elliot at the Stratford Festival last week.But while the photo may be fun, it turns out the dogs’ mission is serious: they’re training to be service dogs, and they’re practicing what it’s like to help their handlers navigate through a theatre. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment last_img read more

Walking With Our Sisters final exhibit opens in Taylor today

first_imgConnie Greyeyes, who has been spearheading the efforts involved in bringing the exhibit to the area, says that originally the installation was going to be set up for viewing in Fort St. John but that the logistical challenges of maintaining a ceremonial fire outside the location meant that the Taylor Community Hall was more suitable.Greyeyes said that the upcoming tour stop will be the last chance for the public to view the exhibit, after scheduled stops in Prince George and Vancouver were cancelled.After the installation tour wraps up, a closing ceremony will be held next year in Batoche, Saskatchewan, which is Belcourt’s hometown.After Monday’s opening ceremony – which began at 1:00 p.m. – the Walking With Our Sisters memorial will be on display at the Taylor Community Hall from 9:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday and Wednesday, from 9:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, and from 9:00 to 7:00 p.m. on Sunday.The event is free and open to all members of the public. TAYLOR, B.C. – Walking With Our Sisters, which is a memorial in remembrance of the over 1,100 Aboriginal women who have been murdered or gone missing in Canada and the United States over the last 30 years, is wrapping up its tour across the continent in Taylor this week.The installation was created by Métis artist Christi Belcourt and consists of over 1,800 moccasin vamps, with each pair of vamps symbolizing a North American Indigenous woman that has gone missing or been murdered.The exhibit has travelled across North America since the project began in 2012, and has been set up for public viewing at the Taylor Community Hall.last_img read more

Hamilton Police searching for driver after multiple crashes

Hamilton Police are looking for the driver of an SUV after they fled the scene of multiple crashes yesterday morning.Just after 11:30 Saturday morning, an officer tried to pull over a black SUV near the area of Cannon and Ferguson because it had expired plates, but the driver refused to stop.They sped up on Ferguson to escape police, and were last seen driving east on Wilson.A few blocks away the vehicle was involved in a crash with another vehicle. The SUV ended up hitting a sign and an air conditioning unit at the side of a building.The SUV fled the scene, but didn’t make it far because of damage. The driver fled on foot.

Fewer Canadians took out new mortgages in the second quarter CMHC

TORONTO — Rising interest rates and slower income and population growth helped temper demand for new mortgages in the second quarter, according to Canada Mortgage and Housing Corp.The federal housing agency says fewer Canadians opened new mortgages in the three-month period ending June 30, even though the total number of active mortgages and the value of those mortgages rose during the same quarter compared with a year ago.In a report which analyzed mortgage and consumer credit trends from credit agency Equifax, CMHC found that there were 205,000 new mortgages in the second quarter of 2018, down 11.9 per cent compared with a year ago.Most Montreal condo investors are paying out more than they make in rentCooling housing market dents CMHC’s third-quarter profitRental house demand still outpacing supply as national vacancy rate falls againThe decline came as the total number of active mortgage loans grew by 1.3 per cent to six million loans, while the average loan value grew by 3.7 per cent to $205,980.CMHC says the country’s total outstanding mortgage balance also rose, up five per cent to $1.23 trillion from the same period a year earlier.The housing agency says a low national unemployment rate helped temper the number of mortgages left unpaid for 90 days or more.It found that the number of delinquent loans fell to the lowest point since data became available in 2012. The total value of mortgages unpaid for 90 days or more fell 10.4 per cent to $2.4 billion during the period compared with last year.The report says those between the ages of 35 to 44 years old had the highest mortgage payments with a monthly average of $1,380.Mortgage loans accounted for a rising share of total debt at 66.5 per cent, says CMHC.The average monthly amount of non-mortgage debt, including credit card, car loan, line of credit and home equity line of credit, was $405 for mortgage holders. For non-mortgage holders, the monthly total was $267. read more

Police chase over alleged Clark County assault ends in Cowlitz County

first_imgA woman who allegedly assaulted someone with a baseball bat led to a car chase that ended with her arrest in Cowlitz County.Hillary C. Rick, 30, was booked in the Clark County Jail on suspicion of several counts of second-degree assault and attempting to elude police, according to a Clark County Sheriff’s Office news release.Deputies were dispatched at 6:23 a.m. Friday to investigate an assault report. Once they arrived, it was determined Rick was the suspect, according to the sheriff’s office.Another deputy, who knows Rick, spotted her speeding away from the scene. The deputy tried to stop the car but she took off, and a pursuit began, the sheriff’s office said.The deputy and a Battle Ground police officer chased Rick up state Highway 503 into Cowlitz County, where one of the law enforcement officers stopped her car using a Pursuit Intervention Technique, or PIT, maneuver.last_img read more

Slew of bills target voting process in Washington

first_imgWith last fall’s election fresh in their memories, many legislators are proposing changes to the election process. In-person voting, prepaid postage on ballots, and relaxing constituent outreach restrictions for incumbents could all become a reality if the measures pass.Sen. Don Benton, R-Vancouver, wants to loosen the rules about what information he and other state lawmakers could put on their official websites and in their official newsletters during campaign season. Benton said during a public hearing on his proposal, Senate Bill 5019, that although some restrictions are necessary to prevent campaign abuses, other restrictions are “completely ridiculous” and prevent his ability to communicate with the people in his district.State law prohibits legislators running for election to make any changes to their official Web pages during the months leading up to an election. (Most candidates maintain a campaign website, the content of which they can control.)Incumbents also are limited in the amount of official mail they can send to constituents. Legislators are allowed to send two newsletters about the legislative session during a campaign year, and there are rules for what can be put in those newsletters. The second newsletter can’t be sent out any later than 60 days after the legislative session ends.The bill Benton is proposing would lift those campaign regulations. It also states that “legislators have complete discretionary control of the content, text, language, and format of newsletters, subject only to budget limitations.”last_img read more

Boy Scouts settle California suit over abuse

first_imgLOS ANGELES — The Boy Scouts of America settled a sex abuse case Thursday involving a 20-year-old California man who was molested by a Scout volunteer in 2007 — a decision that will keep years’ worth of “perversion” files detailing sex abuse allegations secret from the public.The announcement of the settlement in the Santa Barbara case came after three days of trial. The terms were confidential at the Boy Scouts’ request, said Tim Hale, the plaintiff’s attorney.“I can’t go into details about the number, but it was a great result,” Hale said.Hale had won the right to use the “perversion” files as trial evidence to try to show the Boys Scouts were negligent by not properly training, educating and warning parents, Scouts and volunteers about the dangers of sexual abuse.He told jurors in his opening statement that they would receive a CD with 100,000 pages of internal documents from 1971 to 2007 during their deliberations. Many of the files have not been seen outside the Scouts.Hale said Thursday that the settlement will keep the files from being made public. Past settlements in similar cases in Texas and Minnesota also kept them secret.last_img read more

Five Arrested in Connection With Medication Theft from Shishmaref Clinic

first_imgShishmaref. (Photo: KNOM file)Five people, including two adults, have been arrested in connection to a break-in at the Shishmaref clinic and the theft of more than 100 painkillers—a theft Alaska State Troopers say was accomplished using tools the group stole earlier from the community school.The theft was discovered by the Shishmaref Village Public Safety Officer just before 9 a.m. on Friday, Sept. 12.Court documents allege 18-year-old man Ned Ahgupuk and three 15 year-old boys used a crowbar to pry open a door to the medication room, and then used the crowbar to pry open a locker containing the painkilling medication. Community health aides reported 101 tablets of Tylenol with Codeine, as well as five syringes of morphine, missing from the locker.Investigators say the group of four first slipped the lock to the clinic with a butter knife, but found the door quickly closed behind them. In a sworn affidavit, Alaska State Trooper Tim Smith writes Ahgupuk and the three minors then went to the Shishmaref school “to find a tool to break in.”Trooper Smith writes that Ahgupuk and two of the minors climbed through a window into the school as one of the minors and another man, 18-year-old Ryan Nayokpuk, waited outside. The three returned with a crowbar and several propane torches.Court records say the original group of four returned to the clinic with the crowbar, as “[Nayokpuk] remained outside the school,” and smashed the window with the crowbar before breaking into the medication locker.With the medication in tow, Trooper Smith writes the group “reunited with [Nayokpuk] … and ‘did lines’ of crushed … pills.” Smith writes the Nayokpuk took the crowbar because, “according to the other boys … he wanted to throw it away.”Troopers responded that day and arrested the three minors, as well as Ahgupuk and Nayokpuk. Smith’s affidavit states “[Nayokpuk] and the [three] juveniles admitted to the burglaries of both the school and the clinic” and that “[Ahgupuk] returned a bag of Tylenol … pills and a single morphine syringe” which he said came from the clinic. Nayokpuk admitted to “consuming” the pills.Troopers say two morphine syringes and “a majority” of the pills remain unaccounted for. Smith writes in his affidavit that “investigation is continuing into the whereabouts of the remaining drugs” and that the community “is concerned for their children due to the dangerous nature of Opioids.”The minors were taken to the Nome Youth Facility and are being held on charges related to burglary, theft, and misuse of a controlled substance.Ahgupuk faces six charges—including four felony charges of burglary, misuse of a controlled substance, and criminal mischief for property damage. He also faces two misdemeanor theft charges.Nayokpuk faces fewer charges—three in all—including felony charges of burglary and distribution of a controlled substance. He also faces one misdemeanor theft charge.Both men were taken to Nome’s Anvil Mountain Correctional Center and arraigned in mid-September. They’re now awaiting preliminary hearings at the end of the month.last_img read more

Functionalizing unactivated alkanes using reactions based on catalysts made from moreabundant materials

first_img Currently, unactivated alkanes are considered difficult to functionalize—most use an approach that involves opening hydrocarbon C-H bonds using a process involving precious and expensive metals. In this new effort, the team has found a way to use silicon and boron as catalysts instead. This is important because of the industry need to convert alkanes such as natural gas and petroleum to more valuable products.Alkanes do react relatively easily at high temperatures, as is seen in internal combustions engines, but such reactions are considered to be extremely difficult to control. Functionalizing alkanes allows for gaining more from them than just their energy potential, it allows for extracting components that can be used as precursors for the creation of rare chemicals which, in some cases, are considerably more valuable. Because they are relatively inert, and the bonds between the carbon and hydrogen are strong, they are difficult to functionalize. To break those strong bonds, the team made even stronger ones.The group started with benzene rings, preparing them with silicon and fluorine substitutes. They next primed a cycle using additional activated silicon, which they paired with carborane—this forced the fluorine to create an aryl intermediate which was able to break the C-H alkane bonds (which notably included methane). The resultant ring then released silicon, which kept the reaction proceeding. The team notes that the reaction can be conducted under temperature ranges from 30° to 100°C. It is not yet clear whether the process can be scaled to be cost effective, but if so, it could lead to a drop in prices for some products, particularly those based on increasingly abundant natural gas.The group is scheduled to give a presentation regarding their work at the next ACS meeting. Reactions involving putative phenyl cations. (A) Mascarelli’s reaction (12). (B) Siegel’s intramolecular Friedel-Crafts reaction of aryl fluorides (15). (C) Our dual C–F/C–H functionalization strategy. R = ethyl or triisopropyl; R1 = aryl, alkyl, halide, or silyl ether; WCA, weakly coordinating anion; TMS, trimethylsilyl; Mes, mesityl; Me, methyl; cat., catalytic. Credit: (c) Science (2017). DOI: 10.1126/science.aam7975 Explore further Researchers devise new, lower cost method to create more usable fuels © 2017 Phys.org More information: Brian Shao et al. Arylation of hydrocarbons enabled by organosilicon reagents and weakly coordinating anions, Science (2017). DOI: 10.1126/science.aam7975AbstractOver the past 80 years, phenyl cation intermediates have been implicated in a variety of C–H arylation reactions. Although these examples have inspired several theoretical and mechanistic studies, aryl cation equivalents have received limited attention in organic methodology. Their high-energy, promiscuous reactivity profiles have hampered applications in selective intermolecular processes. We report a reaction design that overcomes these challenges. Specifically, we found that β-silicon–stabilized aryl cation equivalents, generated via silylium-mediated fluoride activation, undergo insertion into sp3 and sp2 C–H bonds. This reaction manifold provides a framework for the catalytic arylation of hydrocarbons, including simple alkanes such as methane. This process uses low loadings of Earth-abundant initiators (1 to 5 mole percent) and occurs under mild conditions (30° to 100°C).center_img (Phys.org)—A team of chemists at the University of California has developed a cheaper way to functionalize unactivated alkanes (hydrocarbons such as ethane, methane and propane) by using much more abundant catalysts. In their paper published in the journal Science, the team describes the reaction design they created that overcomes prior challenges related to high-energy reactivity profiles. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Journal information: Science Citation: Functionalizing unactivated alkanes using reactions based on catalysts made from more-abundant materials (2017, March 31) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2017-03-functionalizing-unactivated-alkanes-reactions-based.htmllast_img read more

An evening with royals

first_imgThey recently hosted the performance of  Aamir Raza and Virat Hussain’s play Mehernama.The hotel played a perfect host to theatre doyens and impresarios Aamir Raza Husain and his wife Virat Husain and the guests enjoyed the splendid performance and rounded off the lovely evening with cocktails and scrumptious delicacies.A close knit group of  theatre lovers sat mesmerized as each scene unfolded and took everyone down the lanes of history. The gathering of 400 guests were completely in awe of the magnificent set depicting the emperor’s palace that reflected exquisite craftsmanship. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The  fine  performance  by  the artists and the witty one liners in between added to the richness of the experience. The play took the audience back in history where they got a chance to witness the story of Empress Nur Jahan unfold in front of their eyes on stage.It was not just a lesson in history, it was an artistic celebration of the rich Mughal culture and opulence the country once witnessed.This  play  is  an  extravagant  drama  on the life of Nur Jahan. born as Mehr-un-Nissa, was Empress of the Mughal Empire as the chief consort of Emperor Jahangir. A strong, charismatic and well-educated woman, she is considered to be one of the most powerful and influential women of the 17th century Mughal Empire.Nur Jahan remains the only empress of india whose name appears on the coinage and currency  of  Hindu stan.  For eighteen years she ruled this country without fear or favor, and became a model of powerful medieval womanhood.  Mehernama is  a  Love saga between  Emperor  Jahangir  and Empress Nur Jahan and is beautifully  directed  and designed by the Husains.last_img read more