India trounce Bangladesh for Asia Cup title

first_imgDHAKA (AP):OPENER Shikhar Dhawan hit a career-best 60 as India won the Asia Cup for the sixth time after beating Bangladesh by eight wickets yesterday.The home side was put into bat and posted 120-5 in a rain-hit game that was reduced from 20 to 15 overs after a two-hour delay.World T20 host India won with seven balls to spare, reaching 122-2 as skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni smashed a towering midwicket six.Dhawan and Virat Kohli combined for a 94-run partnership for the second wicket after India was reduced to 5-1.Kohli was unbeaten on 41, while Dhoni was on 20.”The top order played sensibly and made it easy for us,” Dhoni said.”It’s looking very good now, we are on track for the World T20. It’s the beauty of the side that everyone is taking responsibility to finishing the game.”Bangladesh’s fast-bowlers Taskin Ahmed (1-14) and Al-Amin Hossain (1-30) shared the wickets.To the delight of the home crowd, Al-Amin broke through in just the second over when he swung one nicely to get the edge of Rohit Sharma (1) who was caught by Soumya Sarkar at first slip.Dhawan and Kohli spent some uncomfortable moments at the crease against the pace of Al-Amin and Taskin. They took their frustration out on Abu Haider, who was playing his first match. Haider conceded 14 runs in his first over and the quick didn’t bowl further in the match.Both Dhawan and Kohli also found Shakib Al Hasan’s left-arm spin to their liking as they kept India in the hunt.Dhoni hurried the victory for India with 20 off six balls including one four and two sixes.”We are disappointed, no doubt. They played really well and we couldn’t keep the pressure,” Bangladesh skipper Mashrafe Mortaza said.”We have exciting batsmen and bowlers, hopefully this team will carry on from here.”last_img read more

James Cameron shaken by tar sands visit

first_imgAPTN National NewsHe went from Tinseltown to the tar sands.Hollywood director James Cameron wrapped up his tour of Alberta’s massive oil mining projects Wednesday.After meeting with First Nations communities, the Avatar director had a message for Canadian and the world.APTN National News reporter Noemi LoPinto reports.last_img

Echoes of Oka Trudeau minister says military involvement possible against oil pipeline

first_img(Fight between Canadian soldiers and Mohawks from Kahnawake during the Oka Crisis. APTN/File)Jorge Barrera APTN National NewsNatural Resources Minister Jim Carr suggested Thursday Canada is prepared to deploy the military against anti-pipeline actions deemed “not to be peaceful,” raising the possibility the country could face a scenario last seen during the Oka Crisis in 1990.Carr made the statement in response to questions from business leaders in Edmonton worried the events unfolding in North Dakota near the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe reservation could be replicated through the mounting opposition to the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain project which was recently approved by the Liberal government of Justin Trudeau.“If people choose for their own reasons not to be peaceful, then the government of Canada—through its defence forces, through its police forces—will ensure that people are kept safe,” said Carr, according to a video of his statements posted by BNN. “We have a history of peaceful dialogue and dissent in Canada. I’m certainly hopeful that tradition will continue. If people determine for their own reasons that that is not the path they want to follow, then we live under the rule of law.”Natural Resources Minister Jim Carr. Photo/ Jim Carr’s websiteUnder existing law, the federal government has no ability to deploy the military into a domestic situation without first being asked by the provinces through an invocation of Aid to the Civil Power under the National Defence Act. Even if a province asks for military assistance, the federal government has no control over how the deployment unfolds because authority would rest solely with the Canadian Forces’ Chief of Defence Staff.Indigenous leaders expressed outrage Friday and speculated, given Ottawa’s limited role in such an event, Carr used the statement to intimidate opposition to Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain pipeline project.Carr did not retract his statement on the possible use of the military in a subsequent interview with CBC News Friday morning saying only he did not intend it to be interpreted as a “threat.”The Trudeau government also did not back away from the suggestion during question period Friday when NDP MP Randall Garrison raised the issue.“What reckless, irresponsible and incendiary language from the minister and only two days since they approved this pipeline,” said Garrison in a question directed at Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan. “Will he remind his colleague, the Minister of Natural Resources, that if he is truly concerned about the rule of law he should know that in this country the federal government has no such authority to use our military against pipeline protesters?”The question was fielded by Transport Minister Marc Garneau who did not deny Ottawa is prepared to use the military.“We will always respect the right of Canadians to protest when they do not agree with something. They have the right to do it, they feel strongly about it, and we are confident that they will do so peacefully,” said Garneau.Singh’s office referred media questions to Carr’s office.Carr’s office issued a statement to APTN indicating the minister may be beginning to back away from his comment.“Minister Carr did not mean to suggest action would be taken against the protesters,” said Alexander Deslongchamps, spokesperson for Carr. “We know that not everyone agrees, and the right to peaceful protest is a foundation of our rights and freedoms.”Indigenous Affairs Minister Carolyn Bennett’s office did not provide comment as of this article’s posting.Kanesatake Grand Chief Serge Simon, whose Mohawk community was at the centre of the Oka Crisis which saw the military move into its territory to end the standoff, called for Carr’s resignation over the statement.“I would like to see his resignation,” said Simon, who is also a leading spokesperson for an Indigenous treaty alliance against oil pipeline developments. “I find it offensive and Minister Carr should be ashamed of himself and Prime Minister Trudeau should be ashamed of himself for letting him get away with that.”Kanesatake Grand Chief Serge SimonSimon said his community still feels the effects of the Oka Crisis despite the amount of time passed since the summer of 1990 during the Battle of the Pines triggered by the Village of Oka’s desire to expand a golf course over Mohawk burial grounds.“There is still that trigger people feel even 26 years after the Oka Crisis and this guy wants to do that again, he wants to invoke calling the military in on Canadian soil?” said Simon. “Minister Carr’s statements are highly irresponsible.”Simon said he plans to raise the issue during next week’s Assembly of First Nations chiefs meeting in Gatineau, Que.The Indigenous anti-pipeline treaty alliance now has over 100 participating First Nation and Tribal signatories. The alliance has held signing ceremonies in Quebec, Manitoba and British Columbia. The alliance was formed to create coordinated opposition against the Trans Mountain project, Enbridge’s Line 3 expansion, which also received Liberal approval, and TransCanada’s proposed Energy East pipeline along with Keystone XL, which was rejected by U.S. President Barack Obama but could face resurrection under the Donald Trump presidency.Grand Chief Stewart Phillip, president of Union of BC Indian Chiefs. APTN/PhotoGand Chief Stewart Phillip arrested on Burnaby Mountain on Nov. 27, 2014, during protest against Trans Mountain pipeline. Farrah Merali/TwitterGrand Chief Stewart Phillip, president of the Union of B.C. Indian Chiefs, is also part of the alliance. He said Carr’s statements are meant to intimidate.“I think it’s a very clumsy effort to intimidate or threaten Indigenous peoples,” said Phillip. “I think it’s incredibly stupid, provocative, highly irresponsible statement to make on such a volatile issue.”Phillip said Indigenous people in Canada have faced the military in the past and are not intimidated by the prospect of it happening again.“We are certainly not the least bit frightened or intimidated by such bellicose statements,” said Phillip. “We faced off with the Canadian armed forces in the past and we know the outcome of that. It is an incredibly stupid thing to say.”Quebec has been the only province to invoke Aid to the Civil Power to deal with a civil disturbance since the Conservative government of Brian Mulroney replaced the War Measure’s Act with the Emergencies Act in 1988 to limit Ottawa’s powers in deploying the military domestically.While Ottawa has no official role under the law in such an event, it is responsible for the total cost of this type of deployment.A signal from Ottawa suggesting the Trudeau government is fine with the political implications of a move to invoke Aid to the Civil Power may give some provincial finance ministers pause when faced with the extensive police costs associated with prolonged disturbances caused by opposition to natural resource projects whenever Indigenous rights are at play.The months-long, Mi’kmaq-led, anti-shale gas demonstrations throughout 2013 in New Brunswick cost the cash-strapped province an extra $9.5 million in policing costs. While the military was never directly involved in the events which unfolded near Elsipogtog First Nation, it did provide the RCMP with field box lunches and space for a staging area at CFB Gagetown and the CF Moncton detachment through a Request for Canadian Forces Assistance.Amanda Polchies holds an eagle feather and kneels before a wall of RCMP officers on Oct. 17. APTN/Ossie MichelinThe military’s counter-intelligence unit was involved in monitoring the events in New Brunswick, but it’s unclear whether it shared any data with the RCMP.The Mounties seized three, single shot bolt-action hunting rifles, including one fitted with a bayonet, during a raid on Oct. 17, 2013, that saw 40 arrests and the torching of several police vehicles. The Mi’kmaq Warrior Society said at the time the rifles were purely for hunting and protection from black bears.The Canadian military’s last serious involvement in a conflict triggered by an assertion of Indigenous rights came in 1995 during the Gustafson Lake standoff where warriors dug in to protect Sundance grounds. The military provided the RCMP with armoured personnel carriers and drivers during the conflict which saw police and warriors exchange tens of thousands of rounds in firefights.British Columbia did not invoke Aid to the Civil Power, but did request military assistance.During the Six Nations reclamation of the Douglas Creek Estates in Caledonia, Ont., in 2006, there were calls for military intervention, but Ontario stuck with its provincial police force to deal with the situation which simmered to a peaceful détente.The military at the time was on site gathering intelligence and preparing contingency plans for a “possible, yet improbably, domestic operation,” according to military historian Timothy Winegard who wrote about the event in a book called, Blockades or Breakthroughs? Aboriginal Peoples Confront the Canadian State, 1968-2010.The nature of Indigenous resistance in Canada has change since the 1990s when the image of the warrior with a rifle dominated. Now, especially since the Idle No More movement, the weapons are the drum, song, sage and the eagle feather.The one image that came to define the events at Elsipogtog—despite the flaming police cars and seized rifles—was the photograph taken by APTN National News journalist Ossie Michelin of Amanda Polchies kneeling and holding a feather in the air before a line of RCMP officers.That image was replicated across the border in North Dakota during the Oct. 27 police raid against a camp set up by demonstrators, known as water protectors, to launch rolling blockades aimed at slowing down construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline. During the police operation, APTN cameras captured the arrest of two women who kneeled like Polchies did three years earlier as the police line moved toward them.Women kneel before police line in North Dakota during law enforcement operation on Oct. 27. APTN/PhotoDuring an assault with a water cannon and tear gas launched by North Dakota police behind concrete barricades and concertina wire just north of Backwater Bridge by the Oceti Sakowin Camp on Oct. 20, APTN cameras captured drumming, singing, and a ceremonial dance with shakers performed by water protectors during pauses between volleys.No weapons have been brandished by water protectors in North Dakota throughout the months-long demonstrations.The last major action launched last Thursday by water protectors ended with prayer, song and the scent of sage at the foot of Turtle Island hill, which sits about a kilometer from the Oceti Sakowin Camp, the nerve-centre of the anti-pipeline movement.The ongoing events at Standing Rock—where hundreds of Tribes and First Nations across the country have backed the Standing Rock Sioux in their fight to stop construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline underneath Lake Oahe, a reservoir on the Missouri River, from where the Tribe draws its water—has electrified opposition to new oil developments, said Phillip.“It is the backdrop to all of this. I mean, this is an epic battle, water versus oil, and at the end of the day, it is about survival or extinction,” said Phillip. “I think people are becoming more and more aware that climate change and global warming is something that should be of grave concern to everyone….Indigenous people have been climate change refugees for a decade, at least, given the evacuations of our communities in the north by fire and flooding. We pretty much lost the winter roads and the ability to resupply our communities, so food security is threatened and the price of food in the north is outrageous because everything must be flown in.” read more

Napoli lacked intensity says Ancelotti

first_imgNapoli manager Carlo Ancelotti has slammed his side for their lack of intensity in their goalless draw against Chievo on Saturday.Despite dominating possession and controlling the game, Napoli failed to break down a struggling Chievo side, and manager Ancelotti was frustrated with his team’s performance.“This game is a good test to understand what we are going into on Wednesday against Red Star Belgrade,” Ancelotti said in a press conference after the game. [via Football Italia]“It could be a very similar approach from the opposition, so dealing with this now can be helpful. There wasn’t enough intensity today, especially in the first half. After the break, we had more of a push, but the spaces were too tight.Sacchi explains Sarri, Conte, and Ancelotti Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Arrigo Sacchi talked about how Sarri has a tougher time at Juventus than Conte at Inter; while Ancelotti’s “blood is boiling” at Napoli.Arrigo Sacchi…“We were too bland in everything we did, from the attack to build-up play to defending. This allowed Chievo to play the kind of defensive game they wanted to.“We’ve already put it behind us, as we ought to worry about these games beforehand, not after they’ve already concluded.“There’s no point looking at the Serie A table now. We’ll look and evaluate only at the midway stage.”last_img read more

Interested in Joining the ADC Board

first_imgADC is accepting nominations for candidates to join the association’s board of directors for a term starting in June. A total of five seats are up for election in 2019, with four of those held by members running for re-election. All seats carry a three-year term. In an effort to ensure a simple majority of the board is from the public sector, the nominations committee is specifically interested in applications from such members.The committee is looking for board members that represent a spectrum of roles critical to ADC, including: (1) community advocates; (2) experts in installation management or redevelopment; (3) leaders in military-community partnerships; and (4) individuals knowledgeable about national defense policy issues. Eligible candidates must be ADC members in good standing and serve in a leadership role for their current organization. To submit a nomination to become a candidate for the board, review the criteria and instructions on the ADC website. Nominations are due Jan. 31. The nominations committee will select candidates to be interviewed on March 3 in Miami, prior to the 2019 Installation Innovation Forum. Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img read more

RBIs Reference Rate for Dollar Today

first_imgThe Reserve Bank of India (RBI) on Thursday fixed the reference rate for the US dollar at 50.2225 rupees and the euro 65.5355 rupees.The corresponding rates of dollar and euro for the previous day (March 14, 2012) were 49.9030 rupees and 65.0885 rupees respectively.Based on the reference rate for the US dollar and middle rates of the cross-currency quotes, the exchange rates of British pound as against the rupee is 78.6384 as against 78.1481 on the previous day (March 14, 2012) and that of Japanese yen is 59.92 as against 59.9 the previous day.last_img

UN for holding fair elections in Bangladesh

first_imgUN resident coordinator Robert D Watkins with DCAB president Rezaul Karim Lotus and general secretary Pantho Rahman on Thursday. Photo: Prothom AloUN resident coordinator Robert D Watkins says mere participation in the next general elections will not be enough.He insists on making the electoral process “fair and transparent”, given the indications that all parties would take part in the parliamentary polls.”The elections need to be fair and transparent and all concerned institutions need to be neutral,” the UN official said addressing a ‘DCAB talk’ in the city on Thursday.The UN is working to help strengthen responsible institutions, especially the election commission, to ensure a free, fair and participatory election in Bangladesh, he mentioned.The then United Nations secretary general had sent his emissary Oscar Fernandez-Taranco before the 2014 general elections held under the Awami League amd eventually boycotted by the main opposition parties including the BNP.As the next parliamentary polls are expected to be held in about a year or so, Watkins emphasised the need for keeping optimism about elections.”The signals were that all parties would participate,” he added.Watkins, also the UNDP resident repreentative, touched the issue of election and democracy alongside the Rohingya crisis and extremism, at the talk organised by Diplomatic Correspondents Association of Bangladesh (DCAB).Dwelling on the Rohingya crisis, he expressed his views that the problem will not be solved in Bangladesh but the solution is across the border.”The Myanmar government has said it will adopt the Kofi Annan commission recommendations, but the deep-rooted animosity against the Rohingyas in the Northern Rakhine state has to be addressed,” he said.He mentioned that the UN had pulled out all stops to support the government of Bangladesh in the crisis, particularly in the form of humanitarian assistance.On the UN Security Council’s failure to resolve the Rohingya crisis, the UN official said the council had met thrice to discuss the issue and this was a progress because this was not even on the agenda in the past.He pointed out that other than the Security Council, the UN worked through many other channels, including the UN mission in Myanmar.Concerning the Bangladesh government’s refusal to term the displaced Rohingyas as ‘refugees’, Watkins said that Dhaka was not a signatory to the UN convention on refugees so it might have opted not to use the term.But, he explained, the UN certainly referred to these displaced Rohingyas as refugees as they met all criteria of refugees.The UN official also lauded Bangladesh for recognising the problem of extremism and had begun responding to the threat.”The Holey Artisan Bakery attack has changed the previous tendency of denial and the government, the public, and the civil society, were all contributing in their respective ways to fight against extremism,” he said.The event was also addressed by DCAB president Rezaul Karim Lotus and general secretary Pantho Rahman.last_img read more

Houston Sports Rockets Up 21 And The Astros Win Six Straight

first_img Share Listen To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: 00:00 /06:22 The Rockets take a 2-1 series lead into tonight’s Game 4 match up of their playoff series against the Minnesota Timberwolves. And the Astros return home to face the Angels and the Athletics after sweeping the White Sox on the road.We discuss those and other developments in Houston sports with Jeff Balke, who writes for Houston Press and Houstonia Magazine. Xlast_img

Valour victory and voices

first_imgEvent was organised by Citizens for Forces, an NGO, at Central Park in the heart of the Capital.Singer Shamsher Mehndi and sufi-band Panchtarni brought alive the memories and patriotic rhythms with their soulful music. A crowd of several hundred people along with retired and serving Armed Forces officials also occupied the seating area as the band performed. MP and BJP spokesperson, Meenakshi Lekhi graced the event by her presence. ‘The idea of this evening is not only to celebrate the valour and victory of our soldiers, but also taking time out to think about war veterans and families of war heroes who died on the battlefield. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Let’s not forget our heroes and work towards ensuring that they and their families get looked after. To all citizens, I request to mark this date as one to honour all our soldiers. It will ensure our borders are safe and our nation is sovereign’, Lekhi noted. Ankit Gupta, head of Citizens for Force said, ‘We have been wanting to host an evening like this for several years, taking this day outside newsrooms to people, to make them mark it on their calendar and remember the bravery of the soldiers in the history of this country. I am glad we got the necessary support to start this and I promise to mark this day with something special, annually’. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixThe evening also marked the presence of Tiger Hill hero Brigadier Khushal Thakur, who was the commanding officer of 18 Grenadiers that won back both Tiger Hill and Tololing Pass in the war. Col. Anil Kaul – a Vir Chakra awardee in 1987 who sustained 80 per cent disability during the war including a damaged eye where he now carries a proud patch was also present there. A t-shirt and memorabilia range to celebrate the war heroes was also launched where Lekhi declared that the money collected from these would be donated to the Military Hospital in Pune, to treat wounded soldiers and she would ensure the money was utilised for the correct purpose.last_img read more

Ahead of 2019 polls Modi to join 3 BJP rallies in Bengal

first_imgKolkata: Focusing on the 2019 general elections, the BJP will hold three massive rallies in the state which will be attended by Prime Minister Narendra Modi towards the end of this year, said West Bengal chief of the party Dilip Ghosh on Tuesday. Ghosh said apart from these three “Jansampark” (connecting with people) rallies, similar rallies will also be held in all the Lok Sabha and Vidhan Sabha constituencies in Bengal, demanding reinstatement of democracy and speeding up the state’s development. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal life “There will be three or four ‘Jansampark Yatras’ in Bengal towards the end of this year, ahead of the 2019 general elections. The rallies will focus on reinstating democracy and speeding up the development of Bengal under the leadership of Modiji. The three big rallies will conclude in Kolkata in the presence of PM Modi,” he said. Claiming that a lot of people are joining the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in the state every day, the party leader said the party’s membership drive through missed-call on a cell phone number will be relaunched in the state from August to September this year. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killed “There will be training sessions for the party’s grassroot level organisers. The activists and leaders who have joined BJP from other political parties will be given the opportunity to work for party’s betterment,” he said. Referring to the BJP’s success in the state rural body elections this year, he said the party is appointing several of the new joinees as observers in different districts to formulate strategies for the hung Panchayat seats. “Our party has won in 300 Gram Panchayat seats while it has the chance to formulate Panchayat boards in 100 more seats. Our aim will be to stop Trinamool Congress from forming the boards in the hung Panchayat seats. Either BJP will try to form the board, or we will look for suitable alternatives,” Ghosh said. The state BJP chief also stated that his party leadership is focusing more on the common people to join it rather than trying to lure heavyweight leaders in Bengal as that would help them build a robust party structure. He claimed that the BJP’s strategy to bank upon the masses rather than leaders without people’s backing will take them ahead of the state’s ruling party in the future. “Trinamool took some senior leaders, MLAs and MPs from other parties during their Martyr’s Day rally, but these leaders do not have backing and support of common people. The BJP is focusing on taking such leaders who can bring in hundreds of their supporters along with them. This basic difference between Trinamool and BJP’s strategies will be the deciding factor in Bengal politics,” Ghosh claimed. “We initially thought that without heavyweight leaders, the BJP will not be able to grow in Bengal. But now we can see that thousands of general workers are joining us every day which is leading to significant growth of the party. The CPI-M and the Congress’ support base are becoming hollow,” he added.last_img read more