first_imgARCATA >> Tuesday night the Arcata volleyball team did what no Big 5 team has done thus far in league play — beat Del Norte.In a five set nail-bitting finish the Tigers kept their Big 5 league title hopes alive by handing the Warriors their first league loss at 25-22, 23-25, 17-25, 25-22 and 19-17 at Arcata High School. The tension was high on both sides of the net, and when it got to the fifth set it was apparent whomever wanted it most was going to have to fight to the bitter end to get the …last_img

Cricket legends relive their moments of glory

first_imgYou will not find legendary cricketers like Imran Khan, Kapil Dev, Sir Vivian Richards and Arjuna Ranatunga under one roof often.One such confluence took place on Thursday when ICC’s broadcast partner for the 2011 Cricket World Cup, ESPN Star Sports, brought them together to relive their moments of World Cup glory.Fromer cricketers Kapil Dev, Vivan Richards, Imran Khan and Arjuna Ranatunga with Manu Sawhney of ESPN Star Sports. ITGDIt began with Richards, who started his ODI career during the 1975 Prudential World Cup. One can see the video clip of saw a lean and mean-looking Viv careening in a throw for a direct hit against an Aussie, who turned out to be none other than Greg Chappell and the match was the final, which Clive Lloyd’s men won, thanks to two important run outs.”We felt at that time that the Aussies were the worst runners between the wickets. In fact, both Chappells (Greg and Ian) got run out in that match,” said the West Indian. But the best part was that it was Richards who had accounted for both those wickets.Though West Indies, did not win the World Cup under him, as Kapil Dev’s India took the match away from Lloyd’s men in the finals at Lord’s in 1983, West Indies were the best team to reckon with during the period.Describing the West Indians, Khan said, “In those days, teams going to the West Indies didn’t even think about winning. A defeat with dignity was what they would aim for.”Speaking on methods he used to distract Richards, Khan said, “It was the other way round for him. Instead of thinking of attacking, a fast bowler would think of saving himself from his attacks.”advertisementRichards added, “People thought that I was arrogant. But, I belonged to the same house.”Spelling out the ploy that he used to adopt during his time, Khan said, “I always looked into the batsman’s eyes (to unnerve him). But, he never gave an impression of being scared. ‘I am not scared, I am out to get you’ was the impression he would give.”Kapil Dev recollected the event from the 1983 final, when his catch off Madan Lal sent the West Indian packing. “My heart must have been in my mouth at that time. But I just went on running towards it saying, ‘mine, mine, mine’. I did not know then that Yashpal Sharma too was running in for the catch.”Richards on his part too knew that it was a “magnificent catch”. “When he (Kapil) was under it I knew my time had come. And I have not forgiven him that.”But for Kapil Dev, his finest moment was when he hit the unbeaten 175 against Zimbabwe during the 1983 edition, bailing the team out from 17/5. “I think after that match, the players started believing in me.”Khan summed up saying, “No captain can inspire a team unless he leads by example. When the captain is performing, he has self-belief and he takes the right decisions. That’s what matters.”Recounting his experiences of the 1992 World Cup victory, Khan said, “I had seen Inzamam play in April a year before the event. I put him on against Waqar Younis and Wasim Akram. It was then I told him that he would play in the World Cup.””But by the time the World Cup approached, the selectors wanted him out. They said he is too fat. One of them even resigned. Still I pushed him in and he proved to be the finest player of fast bowling.”On Javed Miandad, who was a pivotal figure then, often indulging in factionalism, he said, “I have known Javed since he was 18 and he is still the same. The process of evolution has passed him by. But he was a fighter and I never had a problem with him. When the chips were down, he would always perform.”On the 1992 final against England, Khan simply said, “They did not go for specialists. They did not have a wicket-taking bowler and were a bits-and-pieces team.””We did not succeed in batting, but did well in bowling. We did not contain, but went for the wickets. Sadly, we did not have Waqar (Younis) and Saaed Anwar with us then.”Ranatunga, who had led Sri Lanka to win in 1996, said, “We were not really bothered till the knock-outs as we had to beat Kenya and Zimbabwe to reach the quarters.”When the final approached, I just said during a press conference that Shane Warne and both the Waugh brothers (Steve and Mark) were overrated cricketers. So while they fretted over it, we concentrated on cricket.”advertisementlast_img read more

Graves of 45000 veterans in disrepair due to funding shortfall audit

first_imgOTTAWA – The veterans’ grave markers standing in orderly rows are clean and well-maintained on a brilliant summer afternoon.The words on each are easy to read, even those carved decades ago, while the grey stones are all clean, the surrounding grass and flowers are trim and manicured.Such a sight might not be a surprise at the National Military Cemetery in Ottawa, but a new Veterans Affairs audit has found that tens of thousands of other such graves across Canada are in disrepair.The culprit? A lack of federal funding.The federal government has two ways it maintains the graves of the more than 317,000 Canadians who were either killed in war or otherwise served in the military.The first is by funding the Commonwealth War Graves Commission, which cares for the graves of Canadian, British, Australian, New Zealand and Indian soldiers killed in the First and Second World Wars.Canada provides about $1.25 million to the commission, which oversees the graves of roughly 110,000 Canadians whose remains are buried overseas.The remaining 207,000 graves in more than 6,000 cemeteries across Canada are the direct responsibility of Veterans Affairs, which is where departmental auditors found significant problems.“More than 45,000 of these veteran grave markers require maintenance, with a total of close to 60,000 repairs required (some grave markers require more than one type of repairs),” their final report said.It added that interviews with Veterans Affairs officials “identified that there are not enough funds currently allocated to veteran grave maintenance to address the known required repairs.”Veterans Affairs previously received about $5 million for grave maintenance, but that amount was slashed to $1 million in 2003, according to the audit, as the department couldn’t say which graves needed work.But while a new database was developed and implemented the following year to help track the location and condition of all veterans’ graves in Canada, funding levels have remained largely the same.The only change was in 2009, when the government increased funding for veterans’ grave maintenance to $1.2 million, which is where it remains today.The auditors did find that Veterans Affairs had managed to reduce the number of outstanding repairs by about nine per cent between 2013 and 2016, but that was because officials focused on the easy stuff.“Higher-cost maintenance items such as legibility issues, grave marker replacement and foundation repairs have been increasing on an annual basis and should be considered priority items,” the report said.The auditors calculated that it would take 17 years at current funding levels to complete the all of the outstanding repairs, the total cost of which was estimated at around $12.9 million.“Additional efforts are required to ensure veteran graves are being properly maintained,” the audit concluded. “Increase funding as well as a targeted work plan are required.”The report was published online by the department. Veterans Affairs spokesman Marc Lescoutre said they had accepted the auditors’ findings and recommendations, and officials were developing a plan to address the issues.“Current practices will be reviewed for possible efficiencies, such as prioritizing the repair of items that compromise the structural integrity of veteran graves,” Lescoutre said in an email.A new maintenance plan is also being drawn up, he added, while “options will be explored for increased resource allocations to help address the backlog of maintenance items.”Officials told the auditors, however, that any request for additional funding was not expected until next year at the earliest.Randall Wakelam, associate chair of war studies at the Royal Military College of Canada, questioned the focus on increasing efficiency when more money is clearly needed.“It always seems to be about efficiency, and seemingly not about delivering an effective service to Canadians,” he said.“And this sounds like a perfect example, where senior bureaucrats say this is how much money we have and there we go.”— Follow @leeberthiaume on Twitter.last_img read more

Government experts raise environmental concerns about proposed NS spaceport

first_imgHALIFAX – Government experts have raised environmental concerns over a proposal to open Canada’s only commercial spaceport near the small community of Canso, N.S.Documents released by the province detail numerous questions about the proposal commissioned by the Canso Spaceport Facility, a proposed 20-hectare site aimed at attracting firms that want to put satellites into orbit.The project’s backer, Maritime Launch Services, was recently informed by Nova Scotia’s environment minister it must address a number of concerns before it can proceed with the project.In the documents provided Wednesday, Neil Morehouse, a manager in the province’s Environment Department, says there is little in the proposal addressing how an explosion, crash or fuel leak would affect the nearby Canso Coastal Barrens Wilderness Area.Morehouse says a spill would “destroy the impacted ecosystems with no chance of recovery within the next several hundred years.”He says soils in that area are very thin and because of the wet, cold climate they have taken centuries to form.According to the Maritime Launch Services proposal, the rockets would use nitrogen tetroxide and unsymmetrical dimenthyl hydrazine, or UDH, for the second portion of their launch into the atmosphere.A letter from the Defence Department says the military “does not have sufficient knowledge” to assess the impacts of an accidental discharge of the UDH on the land or surface water, but “suggests an assessment should be completed.”Other government officials comment that there isn’t enough information in the proposal to assess potential dangers.Chuck McKenna, a manager with the resource management unit of the provincial Environment Department, says detailed plans on how dangerous goods will be stored and handled weren’t provided.He says this should include details on the potential effects of a chemical accident, prevention methods and emergency response procedures.Johnny McPherson, an expert on air quality in the provincial Environment Department, says in his submission that the first stage propellants of a rocket can create “black carbon (soot)” that is “harmful if inhaled because of small particle size and damaging effects.”The government comments were made in response to the environmental assessment of the project prepared by a consultant.Nova Scotia Environment Minister Margaret Miller said last week the environmental assessment, submitted in July, didn’t contain sufficient information for her to make a decision on whether to approve the project.Miller has given the company one year to provide additional information and studies.The company’s president has said he’s confident the firm will finish the study in response to the concerns raised, and it is “optimistic” it can address the issues raised.last_img read more

HBC RioCan joint venture explores sale of downtown Vancouver property

first_imgTORONTO – A joint venture between Hudson’s Bay Co. and RioCan Real Estate Investment trust says it may sell its downtown Vancouver property.RioCan-HBC JV says in a statement that it’s engaged with CBRE and Brookfield Financial Real Estate Group to explore a sale.The Granville Street property is currently occupied by a Hudson’s Bay department store, which has a long-term lease.Interim CEO Richard Baker says any sale would include the continued operation of the store.The joint venture also says it expects to close on a $200-million mortgage on the property and the proceeds will be distributed proportionally to its partners.The joint venture owns or controls 10 flagship properties in Canada.last_img

Transcontinentals Q4 results tops expectations shares surge higher

first_imgThe Canadian Press MONTREAL — Shares in Transcontinental Inc. shot higher after the company reported a fourth quarter that topped expectations for both profits and revenue.Shares in the Montreal-based company were up $1.40 or more than seven per cent at $20.77 midday on the Toronto Stock Exchange after going as high as $22.42.Transcontinental reported a profit of $67 million or 76 cents per share for the quarter ended Oct. 28, down from $73.4 billion or 95 cents per share a year ago.On an adjusted basis, Transcontinental says it earned 99 cents per share for the quarter, up from 91 cents per share in the same quarter a year ago.Revenue for what was the company’s fourth quarter totalled $829.2 million, up from $527.2 million, boosted by its acquisition of Coveris Americas earlier this year.Analysts on average had expected an adjusted profit of 76 cents per share and revenue of $777.2 million, according to Thomson Reuters Eikon. Companies in this story: (TSX:TCL.A, TSX:TCL.B)last_img read more

To stop BJP minorities likely to go with TMC in Bengal

first_imgKolkata: Despite nursing a grudge against the state government for its alleged failure to curb communal riots, the minorities in Bengal are likely to vote for the TMC to stop BJP’s march, leaders said. A deciding factor in several Lok Sabha seats in the state, the minorities especially Muslims are likely to vote for the ruling Trinamool Congress (TMC) which they perceive as a “credible force” unlike the Congress-Communist Party of India (Marxist) alliance, they claimed. “Despite having anger against the state government over various issues including several riots that took place in the state, the minorities will vote for TMC in the state to ensure their safety and security,” Mohammed Kamruzzaman, General Secretary of All Bengal Minority Youth Federation told PTI. “In Bengal, TMC is the most credible force as it is in power, when it comes to fight against BJP,” he added. Kamruzzaman, whose organization has the biggest following among Muslim youths in the state, said that the Congress-CPI(M) seat sharing talks have evoked little hopes as credible alternative among the masses. The Imams of the city, who hold a sway over the large Muslim population here, felt that the minorities should vote for the strongest secular candidate. “We would appeal to the minorities to vote in favour of the strongest secular forces in their respective areas. Efforts should be made to ensure that only secular and democratic candidates win,” Qazi Fazlur Rahman, the Imam, who conducts prayers on Eid at Red Road every year, told PTI. The Red Road Eid prayers witnesses the biggest congregation of Muslims in the state. Rahman’s view was echoed by Shafique Qasmi, Imam of Nakhoda Masjid, the biggest mosque in the city, who stressed that the minorities must ensure that there was no division of their votes and only a secular and democratic force comes to power. The minorities, which comprise nearly 30 per cent of the electorate, are a deciding factor in nearly 16-18 Lok Sabha seats of the state. They are a vote bank that every political party has tried to woo. Parliamentary seats such as Raiganj, Coochbehar, Balurghat, Malda North, Malda South, Murshidabad in north Bengal and seats such as Diamond Harbour, Uluberia, Howrah, Birbhum, Kanthi, Tamluk, Joynagar in south Bengal have very high Muslim population. The TMC presently holds a great influence over the minority votes in the state but several riots that took place in the last four years have angered a section of the minorities. According to Union Home Ministry data released in 2018, communal violence increased sharply since 2015 in West Bengal. While the state recorded 27 incidents of communal violence in 2015, the number almost doubled by 2017 when 58 such incidents were recorded. The recent ones being the Basirshat riots in 2017 and Asansol riots in 2018. The TMC, however, blamed the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) for trying to flare up communal passions to serve its own political purpose and expressed confidence that it will repeat its 2014 feat with the help of minorities. “The minorities are very well aware of developmental work that the TMC government has done. Bengal is known for communal harmony but BJP is trying to disturb that for its own political gains,” TMC leader and minister Firhad Hakim said. According to TMC sources, minorities are likely to vote for the party to stop the march of the BJP. Since independence, the minorities in the state voted in favour of the Congress in order to keep outfits like the Hindu Mahasabha and Jan Sangh at bay. However, since the late sixties, they gradually started drifting towards the Left forces, which under the leadership of Jyoti Basu and Promode Dasgupta put up an alternative against the Congress rule in the state. After the CPI(M)-led Left Front came to power in 1977, through its iconic policies of ‘Operation Barga’ – giving land to landless farmers which benefited lakhs including Muslims – cemented its support base among the minorities. Riding on the support of minorities and rural Bengal, the Left Front in 1996 and 2004 had sent the largest bloc of 33 and 34 MPs, respectively, to the Lok Sabha. But things started falling apart for the Left Front after the Sachar Committee report in 2008 painted a dismal picture on the condition of minorities in the state. Adding to their woes was the anti-land acquisition movement in Nandigram and Singur that made the TMC, led by Mamata Banerjee, as the new “saviour” of minorities. Banerjee unseating the 34-year-old Left Front regime in the state but has been accused of appeasing minorities by the BJP-RSS, which emerged as the main opposition in West Bengal. “The policies of the state government were only aimed at protecting the interests of a specific community in the state. This has ignited anger among the majority community which feels only BJP can protect their interests,” BJP state president Dilip Ghosh said. Senior CPI(M) leader and MP Mohammed Salim said the assertion by TMC that it is a saviour of the Muslims in the state has fallen flat in the last few years. While Leader of Opposition Abdul Mannan said that minority voting pattern would depend a lot on the credibility of the CPI(M)-Congress alliance in the state. “If we are able to put up a credible alternative then we too will receive considerable minority votes. But if we fail to do so, TMC will take away the entire share,” the senior Congress leader said.last_img read more

5th accused in Alwar gangrape case arrested from Mathura

first_imgJaipur: The fifth accused in the Alwar gangrape case has been arrested from Mathura, police said on Thursday, even as opposition parties held protests against the Rajasthan government for allegedly covering up the matter due to the ongoing Lok Sabha polls.A judicial magistrate recorded the victim’s statement on Thursday under CrPc section 164, DSP (Alwar Rural) Jagmohan Sharma said. The accused, Hansraj Gurjar, was arrested Wednesday night, while search for the prime accused, Chhote Lal Gurjar, is still on, the DSP said. Four other accused –Indra Raj Gurjar, Ashok Gurjar, Mahesh Gurjar and Mukesh Gurjar — have been arrested so far, the police officer said. The gangrape evoked sharp criticism from all sections of the society, with political parties protests holding protests in various parts of the state, including Ajmer, Alwar, Swai Madhopur and Churu. They cornered the Rajasthan government for allegedly covering up the matter due to Lok Sabha elections in the state. BJP leaders said went to the Collectorate Circle Thursday to present a memorandum to the district collector, but he was not available. Meanwhile, the National Human Rights Commission has issued a notice to the Rajasthan government and the state DGP in connection with the alleged rape of a Dalit woman by five men in front of her husband in Alwar. “The NHRC has taken suo motu cognisance of a media report that a Dalit woman was allegedly raped by five men after tying up her husband in Thanagaji area of Alwar district in Rajasthan on April 26. Reportedly, despite having registered an FIR in the matter, police did not take any action for four days because of elections on May 6,” the rights panel said in a statement on Wednesday.last_img read more

Michael Vick To Wear Special Flak Jacket To Protect

The Philadelphia Eagles have taken new measures to protect Michael Vick’s oft-injured ribs.The team’s franchise quarterback will be under center for the team’s Sept. 9 regular season opener at Cleveland, only this time sporting a unique Kevlar flak jacket/vest that will cover up more of his torso than the one he was wearing when he took a helmet to the ribs in the Eagles’ second exhibition game at New England.“I really can’t explain what goes into this type of material,” he told the Philadelphia Daily News on Tuesday. “I’m just trying something different – that’s all I can tell you.”NFL quarterbacks have been wearing flak jackets for roughly 30 years to better protect the ribs they expose while passing the football.Some in the past have proven too bulky and restrictive, while some quarterbacks have just found wearing them at all to be annoying.But Vick, who says he’s still sore from the shot he received from Patriots linebacker Jermaine Cunningham that knocked him out of his second preseason game in as many weeks, says he doesn’t foresee any problems.“It’s Kevlar,” he said, adding that his current one is a much lighter version of the one he first tried. “I’m looking forward to it … to give me protection and just to see what comes out of it. It’s going to be custom-fitted and fitted to protect all across my sternum, across my ribs. I think it’ll be a better fit.“You can barely feel them, the way we get them fitted.”X-Rays taken at Gillette Stadium last weekend showed no broken bones or fractured cartilage, as were the MRI and CT scan he underwent on Tuesday. Vick, instead, bruised his ribs and the soft tissue surrounding it. He also needed X-Rays on his thumb, which were also negative.The 32-year-old four-time Pro Bowler has completed just one full season (2006) over his 11-year NFL career, leading some to question whether he will have to alter his style of play to stay healthy. Rib injuries have sidelined him for three games in each of the past two seasons.Philadelphia, which is expected to be a strong NFC contender this year, hosts the Jets on Thursday to wrap up the preseason. read more

Didnt Lose a Step Derek Jeter Homers on First

Derek Jeter boasted that he was ready to return to the New York Yankees dugout and one pitch after he took the plate he proved it.The All-Star shortstop homered on the first pitch he saw, his first at-bat Sunday, in the Yankees’ 6-5 win over the Tampa Bay Rays.The slugger finished the game 2-for-4 with two runs scored and an RBI as the Yankees won on a game-clinching single in the ninth from newly acquired Alfonso Soriano.“I said, ‘Thank God,’ because I didn’t want to go out there and play in extra innings because I was tired,” said Jeter. “We need contributions from a lot of people. It is not like I’m some savior.”